Islamic Society of Joplin gives glimpse inside new mosque - KOAM TV 7

Islamic Society of Joplin gives glimpse inside new mosque

After nearly two and a half years of rebuilding, the Islamic Society of Joplin is giving a glimpse inside its new mosque before it opens to the public.

Dr. Ifdikhar Ali, president of the Islamic Society of Joplin, is proud of how the group's new mosque and community center have turned out.

"It's the same good feeling that we used to have," Ali said.

In 2012, arson left the previous location of the mosque in ruins.

The new facility cost nearly $2 million dollars to construct, most of which was covered by donations from the community.

"It was a struggle," Ali said. "Everybody did their best and came up with that money."

Ali says leaders will not open the mosque to the public just yet, because they're still adding the final security measures.

"We have not started our regular interfaith meetings, open houses and some other programs yet because we want to make sure it's secure enough," Ali said.

He says one measure includes adding a fence and until secure, they're not releasing the address of the center.

"If somebody's intention is bad, it's kind of hard to stop anybody, but at least we can do our best," Ali said.

Members of the community are happy to see the mosque's return and say the group's members deserve the warmest welcome when the mosque formally opens to the public again.

"They're all very kind, very sweet, very loving, just very overwhelming generous, sweet people," said Dee Bloomberg, Joplin resident. "I could think of nothing negative to say in the slightest bit, so definitely a great asset to our community."

People of all different faiths contributed to the rebuilding.

"I think it just definitely shows that Joplin is glad that they're here and hopes that they're here to stay," Bloomberg said.

"To me, something positive came out of something bad that happened," Ali said.

While the construction costs of the 7,500 square foot building have been covered, the mosque does rely on donations to cover operational expenses.
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