In Detroit, Mosques Spread to the Suburbs

April 30, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

On April 30, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "The leaders of a Detroit Muslim congregation have submitted plans to city officials to build a mosque. Officials with the Baitul Muzaffar mosque in Detroit have applied for a permit to build a $2.5 million, 16,000-square-foot mosque on Auburn Road, east of Crooks. It would be the second mosque in the city. 'It’s not too small, but it’s not a grandiose mosque either,' said Novi resident Nasir Malik, president of the Detroit chapter of the Ahmadiyya Movement of Islam. The chapter has about 300 members and covers most of Michigan. The number of residents who emigrated from India, Pakistan and other Asian countries where Islam is a major religion has grown in Oakland County in the past decade, particularly in Troy. Coupled with the increasing numbers of Arab-Americans who are Muslims, the demand for more mosques in Oakland County is expected to grow... There are an estimated 100,000 Muslims in Metro Detroit. Demographers such as Wayne State University’s Kurt Metzger say the outward move of mosques into the suburbs 'would seem to be keeping with an increasing socio-economic status (and) people looking for the better homes, the better communities. They are following the same trend as the Jewish community and their move to West Bloomfield.'"