That’s about $47,000 per worshiper. As reported at an Iranian news site, Somerset County Flock Finally has its Own Mosque.
(AhlulBayt News Agency) – After more than a decade of worshipping in a tiny home on Cedar Grove Lane, about 150 Shi’a Muslims can finally spread out in their brand new 30,000-square-foot mosque in Franklin Township.
The Mas Jid-E-Ali, Muslim Foundation Inc., was built behind the brick-front house on 3.3 acres of land, cresent moons and stars jutting from golden minarets sitting atop its three-story frame.
Officially opened last week, the mosque is equipped with a large community events hall, warmly decorated prayer rooms for men and women, a full industrial kitchen and 11 classrooms that will eventually be used for K-3 students.
The $7 million building is a source of accomplishment for the Muslim community, said the mosque’s vice chairman Aftab Husain, 55, of Edison.
“Everybody is very happy and proud of their new mosque and that’s what one of our goals was, to make sure the children were proud of their place of worship,” he said. “It’s very beautiful and has everything that the community needs in terms of the school, community halls and dining facility.”
About $3.5 million was raised for the mosque, said Asghar Kharazi, director of fundraising committee since 2005.
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