Source: The Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Islamic Center moved one step closer Sunday to raising money needed to build a new mosque and school in south Salt Lake Valley.
A fundraising dinner and auction Sunday evening netted about $100,000, bringing the total raised to more than $300,000, said Nadeem Ahmed, chairman of the board of Utah Islamic Center in Salt Lake City. While the group estimates it will need $600,000 to $900,000 just for the land to build a new facility, Ahmed said organizers are pleased they are a third to halfway toward that goal.
An estimated 25,000 Muslims live in Utah, mainly along the Wasatch Front, according to Utah Islamic Center.
The center rents 6,000 square feet of space to worship, in a strip mall at 9000 South and 225 West in Sandy, which opened in 2007 to serve the growing Muslim population in the south Valley. The group wants to buy land and build somewhere in the Sandy area.