Pasco County’s first mosque opened its doors Saturday.
The Islamic Center of New Port Richey had its grand opening at 10 a.m. at its new building at 4715 Grand Blvd.
The event began with an interfaith service outdoors to show a diverse crowd can get along peacefully.
“It is a day of celebration for Muslims in Pasco,” said Executive Director of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Ahmed Bedier. “But also the entire community in Pasco because it reflects that the area’s growing diversity here.”
The open house brought visitors of many religious backgrounds looking to learn about the Muslim faith, including officials and artists.
Emily Harris is a member of the Jewish faith but said she is impressed with how many different faiths and ethnicities were represented at the open house.
“This is how it can be through peace and understanding,” Harris said.
Before the mosque opened up, members had to hold services at homes and offices.