(Springfield News-Leader) – Full story
Under a tent during a torrential downpour, Springfield Muslims on Saturday celebrated the groundbreaking of their soon-to-be mosque.
Despite the rain, the groundbreaking drew more than 100 audience members — both believers and not.
“Allah says that one of the names of rain in the Quran is ‘blessing.’ So, this is a sign of mercy on you all and a sign of blessings,” said Nuredin Giayash, a visiting Imam from Tulsa.
Located 5.5 acres east of West Bypass in Springfield, the new 10,500 square foot American Momin Park Mosque will include a prayer hall, a fellowship hall, educational facilities, and a cemetery.
In his speech, the president of the mosque’s nonprofit board Sultan Zahirsha said these new facilities are essential to ensure Muslims who immigrate here can also make their home in Springfield.
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