New Islamic Center Opens in Green Bay

November 12, 2005

Source: Green Bay Press Gazette

On November 12, 2005 the Green Bay Press Gazette reported, "About a year ago, Maroof Shah was driving to the mosque in Neenah to pray for Ramadan. It was winter and snowy, he said. 'I got to thinking about all the families that drive to Neenah or Appleton to pray and decided to call them and see if we could start a mosque in Green Bay.' Response was good and for the past year, 25 to 35 families have been coming to a suite at 2815 Packerland Drive for prayer and other community activities... The Green Bay families created The Islamic Society of Wisconsin. All have keys to the center so they can come and pray or learn whenever they want. The group is refurbishing the suite so there will be adequate accommodations for their prayer space and community gatherings... This place is 'transitory,' said Hamayun Mian, another member of the Islamic Society. 'We hope to expand and have a more formal place for prayer.' [Members of the Islamic Society of Wisconsin] hope to have a space that will have more facilities such as showers and a kitchen so they can spend more time there. 'We'd also like to develop a library and room for cross-cultural discussion and a school,' Shah added."