Local Muslims greet Ramadan in year-old mosque

Local Muslims greet Ramadan in year-old mosque
Longview News-Journal
Monday, July 8, 2013 - 3:10pm

The arrival on Monday of the holy month of Ramadan also marks the one-year birthday of a mosque in Longview and a home for the immediate area’s 40-50 Muslim families.

“We’re doing OK,” said Saleem Shabazz, spokesman for the Islamic Centre of East Texas.

Members of the mosque on Amy Street in far north Longview, who worshiped and prayed some 30 years in an apartment until Ramadan 2012, finally have the luxury of fine-tuning their internal and external outreach.

“We’re plugging along and trying to find ways to engage people,” Shabazz said. “We’re having the same kind of problems you have as a new community — we’re trying to find a direction, and we don’t have a permanent imam.”

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