Governor Joins Ismaili Community's Brick-Laying Ceremony for New Jamatkhana in Plano

June 14, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On June 14, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "The Ismaili Muslim community announced Tuesday that it is building a $6.5 million worship and community center in Plano, where it has found a warm welcome. Gov. Rick Perry flew in to lay the first ceremonial brick for the center's foundation. It was a symbolic gesture since the site for the new center will be a few miles northeast of the Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, where the foundation ceremony was held. The governor, who is friends with the Ismaili Muslims' spiritual leader, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, said he was honored to participate. 'Our culture is enriched and our society strengthened by a diverse mixture of traditions, heritages and faiths,' Mr. Perry said. 'While differences may exist on the surface, there is a common hope for the future that dwells in the heart of every Texan.' The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center is a house of worship for Ismailis and a gathering place for youths. The proposed 30,000-square-foot Plano facility will be the first one in Collin County and one of five Jamatkhanas in North Texas."