Longview mosque opens doors to public
POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 6:18am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 11:15am
Longview — Members of Longview’s Muslim community announced they will hold an open house Friday for the city’s first mosque.
“This room is called the musallah, the prayer hall,” said Saleem Shabazz, spokesman for the Islamic Centre of Longview, who welcomed reporters into a green-and-gold carpeted hall that dominates the roughly 3,000-square-foot mosque on Amy Street in far North Longview.
Carpet designs of minarets, the Islamic equivalent of a Christian steeple, pointed east to indicate which way to kneel in prayer. The large room was otherwise bare but for scattered bookshelves matching the white walls.
The Muslim community will welcome the public from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday to its first dedicated worship and community center. The day coincides with the start of Ramadan, the annual 30-day period of fasting and re-dedication to Allah, the Islamic name for God.
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