New Islamic Community Center Nears Opening in Central Ohio

May 31, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On May 31, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "an Islamic community center nearing completion in Hilliard [Ohio] has been designed to blend quietly into the neighborhood, without using minarets and other distinctive features of mosques in Muslim nations, its architect and developer said... Still, the Noor Center... incorporates religious features important to central Ohio's rapidly growing Muslim population, which has long felt a shortage of space for communal worship and cultural activities... The trustees emphasize that the center will be available to everyone, not just Muslims. Ample space and multiple entrances will allow several activities to occur at once... Several churches and other non-Muslim religious groups have inquired about rental, but no contracts have been signed... Although worship will occur at the center, no congregation will be housed there... Programs for interfaith groups, youths and Sunday school are expected... The building's neighbors have offered to look out for potential threats [of hate crimes], and members of other faiths have been encouraging"