Mosque Nearly Reconstructed in Ross

March 13, 2005

Source: Minot Daily News

On March 13, 2005 the Minot Daily News reported, "work to reconstruct a Muslim mosque here is nearing completion. Zinie Peterson of Bismarck said the mosque, which was dismantled in the 1970s, was the oldest Muslim mosque constructed in North America. The building located on the Muslim cemetery near Ross will include a dome and minarets once completed this summer. Peterson, whose family initiated the project, said the mosque is being built over the site of a previous mosque. Various Muslim organizations recognize the mosque as the first of its kind. Earlier mosques that existed were in converted buildings. The Ross mosque was built around 1929 to serve Lebanese Muslims."