On September 26, 2005 the Star-Telegram reported, "For almost two years, Ali Safi and a crew of construction workers have labored to build [Fort Worth's] newest mosque [for the Islamic Association of Tarrant County]... Safi and the other construction workers are scrambling to complete the $3.5 million project by Friday, when hundreds of people are expected to gather for prayer and a dedication ceremony marking the official opening of the mosque... The new mosque will replace a much smaller building that has served the Fort Worth Muslim community since 1981. The original building, which is a few blocks away from the new one, lacked many amenities that will be available in the new mosque. Besides a much larger prayer area, the mosque will include classrooms, a nursery, meeting space, and separate, much larger washrooms for men and women to clean their face, hands and feet before praying. The mosque will also have an area available to prepare bodies for burials."