Islamic Community in Boston to Build Large Center

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 18, 1999, The Boston Globe published an article
on the new Islamic Institute of Boston, a planned 60,00-square-foot
facility that is expected to open late next year on city-owned
property next to Roxbury Community College. The Islamic Society of
Boston has been using a mosque in Cambridge for the past four years,
but soon it became inadequate for the growing Muslim population in
Boston. The Muslim population in Massachusetts has been estimated at
40-50,000, which is about double that of 20 years ago. Dr. Muhammad
Attawia, acting director of the Islamic society of Boston, expressed
the overcrowded situation of the current mosque: “We’ve had people
praying in the rain, the snow, and in the hot sun. Inside, we have
people praying in the stairwells, in the corridors, everywhere.
That’s why we need this new institute.” The new complex is slated to
cost $7-8 million, with financing provided by the United Bank of
Kuwait, and will include a school, library, and prayer hall that can
accommodate as many as 1,700 worshipers. Attawia stressed that the
Islamic Society of Boston wants the new facility “to be a resource to
the community so it can learn more about Islam. We want to share this
center with everybody.”