An Islamic group has bought property and is raising money to build the worship center, which would join mosques in Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.
MUKILTEO — Followers of Islam in Snohomish County could have a new place to worship in the years to come.
Muslims who attend services in rented space on Everett Mall Way recently bought land in Mukilteo with plans to build a mosque on the property.
The Islamic Center of Mukilteo would be only the third mosque in the county, according to the group. The others are Masjud Umar al-Farooq in Mountlake Terrace and Dar-al-arqam Islamic Centre in Lynnwood.
Only the 3rd mosque?
The property is located on Harbour Pointe Boulevard SW just off the Mukilteo Speedway, next to Bank of America and near Mukilteo City Hall.
Strategically located next to a bank and near City Hall. And near the local high school too.
A group, also called the Islamic Center of Mukilteo, was formed to manage the endeavor. About 10 members met on Saturday in the parking lot next to the parcel for a tailgate lunch to celebrate the launching of the project.
“They are excited about it,” said Faisal Sheikh of Snohomish, a member of the group.
The mosque would draw 200 to 400 people for worship, member Zeb Akbar of Mukilteo said. The primary weekly service would be on Friday afternoons.
200-400 means 300-500.
The mosques in Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace draw 600 or more worshippers, Mukilteo group members estimated.
The group bought the Mukilteo property, just under an acre in size, for $245,000, Akbar said. Preliminary plans call for a 4,000-square foot building. It’s estimated the mosque would cost $600,000.
200-400 people on a lot less than an acre in size?
The group hasn’t raised those funds, Akbar said. Most of the money to buy the property was donated by members of Muslim gatherings around the area.Akbar said the group plans to approach the project bit-by-bit as funds become available. They’ll start by clearing the property and arranging for connections to the sewer system and utilities, he said.
Worship services and other features of the building, including a library and game room, will be open to the public, members said.
For dawah purposes.
Mohammed Riaz Khan of Mukilteo is president of the group. Khan was one of 11 people who filed for a vacant position on the Mukilteo City Council. The new council member is scheduled to be selected Jan. 13.
First the mosque. Taking spots on local school and city councils. And that’s how it begins.
Khan and other members said they want the mosque to be part of the community.”
Anyone can come,” member Naseer Ahmed of Everett said.
Mukilteo mayor-elect Jennifer Gregerson said it will be good to see the vacant land next to the bank put to use.
“I think it’s great, we have a diverse community, I think it’s exciting,” she said.
Muslim colonization may cause excitement, but usually not in any positive manner.
Some tidbits from the Islamic group’s website:
The Islamic Center of Mukilteo is an organization that endeavours to serve as a beacon of Islamic light nurturing the emotional, social, moral, mental and spiritual potentialities of the Muslim community inMukilteo. It aspires to unshackle the community from the fetters of ignorance, innovations and superstitions by providing authentic Islamic knowledge so that they are guided to the pure, unadulterated precepts of Islam according to the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the traditions of Allah’s Final Messenger, Muhammad (pbuh).
That should worry residents of Mukilteo.
The ideals of the Islamic Center of Mukilteo are mirrored in the following objectives;
• To propagate, publish and otherwise expound the doctrines of Islam.
• To protect, preserve and promote Islamic values.
• To provide for the educational needs of the community.
• To provide religious guidance and counsel
• To foster unity and brotherhood
• To co-ordinate Islamic activities for the community
• To administer and dispose of the charity of the community
As Obama keeps importing Muslims by the thousands, the Muslim population and their
barracks mosques will continue to grow.
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