A former church is home now to a mosque, which recently moved into the 26,193-square-foot building siting on a little more than 7 acres of land in northeast Wheaton, the TribLocal reports.
The Islamic Center of Wheaton bought the property for $3.15 million earlier this year and moved into the former First Assembly of God Church in August, according to TribLocal, which reports the property represents the city’s first Muslim community.
“Wheaton is a city of faith, and we're very privileged to be able to establish an Islamic community for Wheaton and especially for the western suburbs,” mosque spokesman Abraham Antar told TribLocal. “There are a lot of Muslims in Wheaton and the surrounding towns. It's unfortunate for the (First Assembly of God) church that they lost their opportunity to stay there."
Antar said about 700 to 800 men and women have been worshiping at the mosque each Friday.
Read the TribLocal story to learn more about the mosque
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