Muslims in Waukee, a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, will get their first stand-alone mosque soon, thanks to the approval granted by the city council.
The new Waukee Islamic Center will be a 5,500-square-foot single-story building.
It will accommodate the growing number of Muslims in Waukee as the current space for Masjid Sahabah has become too small.
“Our next phase is to construct a Masjid (Muslim Center) which is large enough to accommodate all the Muslims of the area. Alhamdulillah City approval for the site plan has been already obtained,” a statement on an online fundraiser page read.
The community raised more than $16,000 as of Wednesday morning .
Iowa is home to one of the oldest mosques in the United States.
Known as America’s Mother Mosque, early American Muslims, who migrated from Greater Syria, built the Cedar Rapids mosque in 1934.
Central Iowa is also home to several other Islamic centers.
There are five mosques in Des Moines, one in West Des Moines, one in Granger, and one in Ames.