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Muslims open mosque to Quad-City community

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The main prayer room of the new Muslim Community of the Quad-Cities mosque in Bettendorf is also used for other activities. A business meeting was to be held after prayers on a Friday last month, so members were booting up a computer in preparation. (Photo by John Schultz/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

The main prayer room of the new Muslim Community of the Quad-Cities mosque in Bettendorf is also used for other activities. A business meeting was to be held after prayers on a Friday last month, so members were booting up a computer in preparation. (Photo by John Schultz/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Water bubbles up from a fountain next to the front entrance of the new mosque for the Muslim Community of the Quad-Cities in Bettendorf.

Its soothing sounds complement the structure that is set back from East Kimberly Road. The mosque, which was built over the past 18 months, will open its doors Saturday for a wide-ranging, informative public event.

“We are happy to have completed the new building and are eager to welcome our neighbors to celebrate with us. We look forward to working with them in the future,” said Mushtaq Khan, president of the Muslim Community of the Quad-Cities.

The new building marks an important step in the community’s history, starting when local Muslims began meeting about 40 years ago.

“We started with nothing. We used to meet under a tree at Crow Creek Park,” Khan recalled.

‘Bursting at the seams’

The new 11,400-square-foot structure is adjacent to its predecessor, a former home that was converted in 2000 to become the group’s original mosque. The new mosque has 10 times as much space.

“We were absolutely bursting at the seams in that house,” said Farah Khan of Bettendorf, who is not related to the community’s president.

The new building is set at a 45-degree angle to East Kimberly Road and faces toward the northeast. That is the global direction of the holy city of Mecca — and the orientation of all mosques in the U.S. in keeping with the Islamic faith.

Architect Salim Rangwala agreed it was a difficult building site because it includes two hills, a valley, tight lines and the group’s wish to retain the house for various activities.

“It was a very challenging site, but good solutions come out of tough challenges,” Rangwala said. The architect, who is from St. Louis, is experienced at designing new structures for various faiths: He has built U.S. Muslim, Hindu and Christian places of worship.

Simple lines

Rangwala tried to keep the design as simple as possible and to use mainly maintenance-free materials. The lot is long and narrow, with the hills to the north and east and the valley between them. He placed the mosque on the hill next to the existing building, which means it has entrances on two levels.

A parking lot adjoins the lower-level entrance, and a driveway provides easy access to the top level, the prayer hall.

Soothing earth tones color the exterior. It features split-faced textured masonry on the lower level, and the upper level is a stucco-type material. A highlight of the lower-level entrance is commissioned artwork on the wall. Letters spell out “For God” in Arabic against the background of a blue sky and clouds.

That entrance leads to the social hall/kitchen area as well as into a new gymnasium. There are stairs and an elevator to the second level.

All three main rooms within the mosque — the prayer hall, a social area and the gymnasium — include “mihrabs,” or bumped-out arched areas that also point toward Mecca and are the places where prayers can be led.

Audio connections from the mihrabs allow the entire building to be used for prayers on occasion, Mushtaq Khan said. He estimated that 1,000 people will fill the structure and be able to hear the prayers during events, including the Eid, the feast that marks the end of the Ramadan fast. That takes place in August this year.

Mosque highlight

The second-level prayer hall is the new building’s highlight, featuring a carpet imported from Turkey. Worshippers leave their shoes at the door and walk on the plush surface with a design that allows Muslims to easily align themselves in rows during prayer.

“It’s easier to line up with this,” Talia Alvi said. “It’s very striking.” Alvi, of Bettendorf, was one of the project coordinators who worked on the new mosque plans for years.

The room attracted lots of interest as the building was being constructed. Muslims wrote prayers and quotes on the drywall behind the finished area.

“The walls are literally filled with blessings,” Alvi said.

Keeping the original building?

The leaders decided to keep the house that served as their former mosque because the space is needed. Followers of Islam pray five times a day. The house also is where some of the Sunday school classes are held.

“Right now, that house is used a lot,” Alvi said.

In the future, it will be a building extension. One idea is to move the house and make it a residence for an imam, or prayer leader of the mosque. That is a position the community hopes to fill in the near future, Mushtaq Khan said.

‘The mosque that love built’

Muslims are celebrating the new space.

“To me, this is the mosque that love built,” said Lisa Killinger of Davenport. The community of Muslims felt like nomads for years, moving from place to place as membership grew. “Now we feel like we have enough space, and it’s ours,” she said.

Mushtaq Khan was excited by the project from the first day. It had its ups and downs as fundraisers were held periodically to raise money for the construction. But a high percentage of the people contributed, and that is a source of pride.

Alvi described the mosque as her fifth child. “It took time to build, we had to make agonizing decisions and stayed up at night worrying. We put our heart and soul into this place,” she said.

The construction process was a democratic project, Mushtaq Khan said, with a committee choosing everything from the Turkish carpet in the prayer hall to new tables and chairs in the social area.

Come and see

The Muslims hope Quad-City area residents will visit during the May 5 event and learn more about their Islamic faith.

“When many people consider Muslims, they don’t think of us as friends. They need to get to know us,” Killinger said. “Islam is a rich culture of hospitality and openness.”

Area residents ought to learn about Islam from local Muslims who practice the faith, Farah Khan said, pointing out that the mosque should be considered a spiritual benefit to the community.

“We are very excited to use this place for community services and prayer to help the Quad-Cities and humanity in general,” she said.

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  1. “what if they were muslims” guys……wake up.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17913139

    i blame the sex pistols

  2. shit forgot my disclaimer: nothing to do with this topic.

    congrats on the mosque. but i think despite popular misconceptions, mosques have be flourishing in america. i think like a 76% increase in mosques since 9/11. odd compared to the picture painted on this website.

  3. nice unrelated topic mike. kinda proves the theory of all terrorists are muslims. why bother with statistics of supposedly 76% increase in mosques since 9/11 unless ur trying another stereotyped view without proof? or maybe u just like ranting about the Muslim problem?

  4. mosques are not just built for worship. they are built so that ordinary ppl can walk in and learn about Islam. maybe take a Quran home to read. After all, the first words revealed in the Quran were not “Jihad” or “kill all the infidels,” it was “Read.” Knowledge is important in Islam. So is spreading the knowledge. Second reason for increase in mosques, there is a large increase in Muslims. Although not often reported on the Western media, France is a little more honest.

  5. Wonderful. This is what it is all about.

  6. This article made my day. Thank you for posting it!

  7. @Christopher Langis: thanks for sharing your unfounded, bullshit, boring, and racist piece of shit site. What a small, small man you must be.

  8. Education is a marvelous tool …

  9. mr bennet,

    sup, long time no hear?

    “nice unrelated topic mike.” thanks. “kinda proves the theory of all terrorists are muslims.” did u mean to say disprove? oh wait r u being sarcastic. lol
    “why bother with statistics of supposedly 76% increase in mosques since 9/11 unless ur trying another stereotyped view without proof?” thought that was obvious. seem counter to the idea that muslims are beingfought tooth and nail everytime they try to open a mosques.
    “or maybe u just like ranting about the Muslim problem?” not sure how that’s a rant. the only problem i have with muslims in when they try to blow things up. or when they continue to defend silly laws like women inheriting half as much as men or lashing fornicators or stoning adulterers or anyone for any reason or relgulating freedom of speech because it is blasphamous or stoning apostates or allowing 9 year old girls to consent to marriage. how’s that for a rant. damn should have done all CAPS. LOL.

    “mosques are not just built for worship.” ok
    “they are built so that ordinary ppl can walk in and learn about Islam. maybe take a Quran home to read. After all, the first words revealed in the Quran were not “Jihad” or “kill all the infidels,” it was “Read.”” really? my koran starts with the first surah “the opening” (all praise is due to god alone, the sustainer of the worlds, the most gracious, the dospenser of grace, lord of the day of judgement…)are you saying the first words “revealed”, because the koran isn’t in cronological order, was to read? what surah are u referancing?
    “Knowledge is important in Islam.” great
    “So is spreading the knowledge.” ok, so hust to stay off topic do you agree with siyjakak and marcelo that it’s ok to marry a child, as long as they consent of course?
    “Second reason for increase in mosques, there is a large increase in Muslims. Although not often reported on the Western media, France is a little more honest.” yeah, no shit. again seems to run counter to the websites overall point of this massive amount of islamophobia. we continue to take in muslims from all over the world. so now are you saying it’s possible that my “supposed” stat is correct due to pupolation growth? you used to post such thoughful comments. is this a different muhammad bennet? aren’t you in indonesia? i am starting to lose my memory.

    http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2012/02/29/news/doc4f4e4bbdd3d26921896544.txt

    is my math bad. 900 on top of 1200 sounds like %75 to me?

  10. “unless ur trying another stereotyped view without proof?” ” what stereotype is that stat “trying” anyways?

    looks like the same survey. from the ultra right website huffington post. “and six percent said they are Salafi.” that’s disconcerting. u c the news out of eygpt? 20 dead. the salfi and muslim brotherhood control 70% of the parliment? birth of a nation. lol. that’s a vailed referance to the silent film, 1915? maybe?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/mosques-in-united-states-study_n_1307851.html

    please before u imply that i’m a liar at least google it. good to have you back.

  11. vail, now that’s funny.

    comin’ down the mountain
    one of many children
    everybody has
    their own opinion
    everybody has
    their own opinion
    holding it back
    hurts so bad

    little jane’s addiction 4ya. now that’s an unrelated tangent, from misspelling veil to colorado to the mountain song.

  12. Mike is Douchebag and bigot. I am tired of these morons who cannot find or are not qualified for any type of employment so they get a full time employment being trolls. I hope mike you make yourself a juice pork sandwich, crack a beer, so you can continue trolling while using your modem line. Everyone knows trolls are on budget.

    This is why I support abortion in order for folks like mike who should never and I mean ever be able to have children who will grow up to be a douchebags as adults. Its just simple math douchebag dad + douchebag mom = Douchebag future adult. Is just I or is all the douchebags reproducing at alarming rate?
    So mike we are not asking your to kill yourself , but we would really like you to think and consider it, I am even willing to start a trust fund if you die which I will name THE DOUCHEBAG FOUNDATION courtesy of you MIKE.
    You will never be forgotten; yes you will be forgotten lmao .

  13. bashie,

    “Mike is Douchebag and bigot. ” ok. lol.
    “am tired of these morons who cannot find or are not qualified for any type of employment so they get a full time employment being trolls” ok, lol, so you know my employment situation? my bad, forgot u r all knowing?
    “I hope mike you make yourself a juice pork sandwich, crack a beer,” omg i would love that so much right now.
    “so you can continue trolling while using your modem line. Everyone knows trolls are on budget.” i do have a budget, but i have brighthouse, it’s a roadrunner, time warnewr account. it’s cable not a phone modemn. but i’ll keep trolling.

    “This is why I support abortion in order for folks like mike who should never and I mean ever be able to have children who will grow up to be a douchebags as adults.” too bad my mother is a catholic, no abortion. oh well. or do you mean forced sterilization?

    “So mike we are not asking your to kill yourself , but we would really like you to think and consider it, I am even willing to start a trust fund if you die which I will name THE DOUCHEBAG FOUNDATION courtesy of you MIKE.” thanks for the fund. who are the beneficiaries? do my nieces get half as much as my nephews?
    “You will never be forgotten; yes you will be forgotten lmao .” no doubt i’ll be forgotten. is that some sort of great shame?

    call me crazy but i think you are ahmed muhammad, and your liberal use of abortion and the word douchbags makes me laugh. i think u r a redneck from alabama, but who knows?

    anyway’s my name is michael malzahn, i live at 2211 3rd av. n., st. petersburg, fl 33713. please stop by and abort me anytime you want.

    incase mr bennet thinks i’m supposedly giving you my address. you can look it upon the pinellas county property page.

    http://www.pcpao.org/

    allahu akbar

  14. ABORT MIKE……ABORT MIKE…..OH SHIT NO NEED TO ABORT HIM, JUST STONE HIM. LASH HIM…..CRUCIFY HIM FOR SPREADING CORRUPTION….

    seriously, this is “divine writ”?????????????

  15. MASH’ALLAH, THEY NEED TO OPEN MORE MASJIDS DOORS TO THE PUBLIC!! LET THEM DISCOVERY THE REAL TRUE BEAUTY OF ISLAM FOR THEMSELVES INSH’ALLAH..

  16. MASH’ALLAH, THEY NEED TO OPEN MORE MASJIDS DOORS TO THE PUBLIC!! LET THEM DISCOVERY THE REAL TRUE BEAUTY OF ISLAM FOR THEMSELVES INSH’ALLAH..

  17. Heidi Yacine,

    so u find beauty in torture? sweet dreams??????????????

  18. “Man is either your brother in faith or your brother in humanity” – Imam Ali (a.s)

  19. Mike is not a liar only a Muslim hater.

  20. marcelo,

    unlike you appearently, i can seperate my hatred of a religion or philosiphy, from the people who believe in them. so no that we have established that you have no problem with marrying 9 year olds, do you also have no problem with stoning people to death?

    Hassan Dashti,

    great quote. too bad he burnt people alive for being athiests. kind of runs counter to that statement. don’t you think? you know what they say, actions speak louder than words.

  21. Islam is peace and one love to cost by the hypocrisy Vaiglbh
    But he wanted it from the face of God, but found a heap and Nirvana and all that called by the holy books
    One word so that peace would prevail and prevent the injustice and ignorance and spread love and peace

  22. Had I known the world what in Islam is good for the land of all of us and until they are on their religion to assisted to remain steadfast on religion but it is signed between religions and between communities and countries, the largest interests in the segregation and corruption in order to be more learned and because this is my face theoretical and some of my readings Qarau yourself in the history of countries and the science of religion even are you a deeper insight of cobalt promoted by the media

  23. hon,

    am i correct to assume that english is not your first language? sorry i don’t follow you at all. but oddly enough your spelling is far better then mine.

    “cobalt?” interesting word to choose. that’s a computer program too, right?

    little sisters of mercy for ya

    http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3458764513820553247/

    “Her eyes were cobalt red
    Her voice was cobalt blue”

  24. All you have to do is look at what goes on in countries run by muslims and the types of crimes committed by muslim immigrants. That is really all you have to do.

    Anyone to lazy to do that deserves whatever they get.

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