New Mosque In Lincoln in Near Future

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The religious community is seeing growth through immigration. Now, with their children taking it to the next level, the Islamic Foundation of Lincoln is looking for a new place to expand.

The current mosque looks like a house, which fits 150 people at a time. President of the foundation, Khalil Jabar said on July 4th, many people had to pray outside, since there was not enough space.

In 2013, the foundation was able to gather enough money to purchase 3.5 acres of land near 1st Street and Cornhusker. However, to build a mosque to fit their unique needs, it will cost $250,000.

Former foundation president, Fahd Alsalleh said people are most generous with their money during Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of fasting and prayer, where people fast from 4 a.m. until sunset.

So far, Jabar said they have raised $50,000.

“[The mosque] would face Mecca,” said Jabar. “With the new facility, we’ll have a design that we need.”

He hopes to raise the funds within two years.