Nigerians Open Mosque in Time for Ramadan

August 31, 2008

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

Across from the burned-out house on Marlborough Street, behind a tall cyclone fence with a lock and chain on the gate, sits a single-family home -- clean, well-kept and full of praying Muslims.

"At first, we organized amongst ourselves and worshipped in different rooms of each other's houses," said Biodun Yinusa, 49, a construction contractor from Detroit and the president of the mosque.

"Then, we decided when we grew so much in numbers that we can't be in each other's houses. We were able to get this place. We bought it from HUD through the city and we did all kinds of work on it ourselves, improvements, to serve as a mosque."

But the immigrants from Nigeria are on the move, again -- along a path well-traveled by Muslim communities in Detroit since the first decades of the last century.

They opened the new mosque, the Muslim Community Center of Detroit, on Sunday in the former shop of a trophy manufacturer on West McNichols, just in time for the start of Ramadan, which begins Monday.