Islamic Classes in Appleton Well-Attended, Ready for Expansion

April 18, 2005

Source: Post-Crescent

On April 18, 2005 the Post-Crescent reported, "with the positive response religious studies held on Sundays has had at the Islamic Center of Wisconsin, organizers say the time has come to move forward. Founders of the center, which opened in September, are in the preliminary planning stages of setting up a full-time school for children in kindergarten through high school. It could be operational in three to four years... Currently, about 50 students, ages 4 to 16, attend the school, which is staffed by 15 volunteers traveling from as far away as Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh and Green Bay. Students enroll in one of six levels at Taqwa Islamic School, depending on their knowledge of the Quran and Islamic studies. The idea is for them to get an appreciation for the religion. Having a full-time imam, or religious minister, in Mohamed Abdelazim opened the gates for the project. Additionally, the Muslim population is growing, said school Principal Kalim Saiyed."