TX: Council Approves First Mosque



Islamic group to move from motel to converted house

Cultivating a sense of community from rented space at a highway motel has
been a challenge for Ali Khan.

His Islamic Association of Lewisville/Flower Mound has held prayer services
weekly at the Super8 Motel for the last three years.

But that is about to change. Mr. Khan's nonprofit group recently won
approval from the Flower Mound Town Council to convert a house it owns into
a 1,940-square-foot mosque called Masjid Al-Noor.

Mr. Khan's long-term goal is to build a full-fledged Islamic center on
19,000 square feet of land north of Flower Mound High School that the
association has owned for about four years.

The association first has to upgrade its existing building on Peters Colony
Road so that prayer services can be held there and expanded to more than
once a week. Work will include adding access for people with disabilities,
parking, utilities, a water-retention pond, landscaping and a fire alarm
system. It will cost about $155,000.

Once completed, the building would be the only mosque in southern Denton
County, said Mr. Khan, one of the association's founders.

Phase two, to begin after the house is upgraded, will involve constructing
a large Islamic center with a research library, office space, an Islamic
school, a prayer facility and a community center.

"It would be a formal facility geared toward worship and taking care of the
community," said Mr. Khan, one of the group's founders. "We're hoping that
once phase one is completed, people will be excited and donate money to the
project."

The various features could also be added in phases, as money from the
community becomes available, he said..

 


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