Members of a Joplin mosque that was destroyed in a fire will rebuild and have been encouraged by the support shown them by the Joplin community.
Faizan Syed, executive director of the St. Louis office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Thursday that leaders of the Islamic Society of Joplin will "definitely rebuild." He says Joplin's Islamic community members "are in to stay."
The Islamic Society of Joplin's mosque was destroyed in a fire early Monday. No injuries were reported.
The only mosque in Joplin, Mo. has burned to the ground. The cause of the fire is still unknown. The loss of property leaves the Islamic community there without a place of worship in its most sacred time of the year, Ramadan.
The imam of the mosque, Imam Lahmuddin, had only finished leading the special “Taraweeh” night prayers a few hours before he was awakened by a phone call from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department. That prayer takes place every night around 10:00 during the month of Ramadan.