SHAFAQNA- An eight-year project came to fruition Saturday as a Baltimore community gathered to celebrate the opening of a mosque.
Leaders of the mosque in Howard Park said they had to overcome some significant challenges in building it, and they were eager to celebrate the grand opening.
The doors to the teal-and-white building opened to the public for the first time Saturday. Members of the mosque were joined by special guests, including some mayoral candidates and state officials.
The mosque was built to accommodate an increased number of Muslim families living in the Howard Park and Gwynn Oak communities.
“This is something we’ve been looking forward to. A lot of us have been moving into this neighborhood, and now we’re finally in a position where we have a central area where we can all come together, do our worship and see each other,” said Presley Cason, vice president of the mosque’s board of trustees.
Mosque leaders said this is Baltimore’s first mosque built from the ground up.