Islamic Community in Dallas to Move from Motel to Mosque

January 4, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On January 4, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "cultivating a sense of community from rented space at a highway motel has been a challenge for Ali Khan. His Islamic Association of Lewisville/Flower Mound [TX] has held prayer services weekly at the Super 8 Motel for the last three years. But that is about to change. Mr. Khan's nonprofit group recently won approval from the Flower Mound Town Council to convert a house it owns into a 1,940-square-foot mosque called Masjid Al-Noor. Mr. Khan's long-term goal is to build a full-fledged Islamic center on 19,000 square feet of land north of Flower Mound High School that the association has owned for about four years. The association first has to upgrade its existing building on Peters Colony Road so that prayer services can be held there and expanded to more than once a week. Work will include adding access for people with disabilities, parking, utilities, a water-retention pond, landscaping and a fire alarm system. It will cost about $155,000. Once completed, the building would be the only mosque in southern Denton County."