Second Mosque in Waco Area Opens in Hewitt

September 11, 2005

Source: Waco-Tribune Herald

On September 11, 2005 the Waco-Tribune Herald reported, "Locally, a sign of the religious diversity in Central Texas is the formation of a second Muslim congregation in the greater Waco area. An almost anonymous white concrete building just a few doors down from Hewitt City Hall is the headquarters for the new Islamic Center of Hewitt. The space... was leased two months ago, and activities started a month ago at the new center, even while members continue interior renovations. Pakistani-American 'Hash' Hashimi, a local resident for 11 years, is one of the leaders of the congregation, which he said is made up of about 30 families... Hashimi said the Islamic Center of Hewitt is located in the heart of the Pakistani-Indian immigrant community that it will serve. He said 80 percent of the Muslim community in greater Waco lives within three miles of the Islamic Center of Hewitt. 'Anybody is welcomed to the (new) mosque,' he said. 'Many people are curious to know more about Islam and can educate themselves here.'"