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Mosque in Dubuque nears completion

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Muslims in Dubuque will soon have a place of their own to worship.

"Clearly the Muslim community has been growing fast in the last few years, and we noticed moving from place to place is not optimal and we need a bigger place, we need our own place to worship," said Dr. Rami Eltibi, president of the Tri-State Islamic Center board. 

Currently, members meet and pray in a small rental space located in a basement. 

That's going to change soon.

For the past few years, they've been fundraising to build a mosque on the west end of town. "I'm talking about the main floor, it's gonna fit about 130 people at the same time," said Eltibi.

The construction of this eye-catching building, inviting curious Dubuquers to stop by, wanting to find out more.

Members acknowledging, some might feel uncomfortable.  "I understand their fears, I come from a non-Muslim family. Being the only Muslim in my family, they understand that the freedom of religion is an important value that we have in this country," said Erin Ogborn, who converted to the religion 16 years ago.

While the construction isn't done yet, members say they're open to speaking with those who want to learn more. "Our religion is the message of peace and mercy, and if anybody has any questions about this religion please come to us Muslims, than go to other resources because we are the resource that can give you the accurate information," Eltibi said.

The mosque also has a basement. It'll be used for monthly meetings, potlucks and Sunday school for kids.

In the near future, members plan on holding events for non-Muslims too.

Construction on the mosque should be complete in about three weeks. 

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