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Breaking ground

The Northwest is not a major center of the country’s Muslim community, but it’s growing. Today’s piece in the Spokane Spokesman-Review is a case in point: Saturday marked groundbreaking in construction of the Inland Empire’s first formal Mosque.

In the Spokesman: “Spokane’s Muslim population is relatively small, estimated at around 1,000 people. El-Aarag said that the typical turnout at Friday prayers is about 60, and he hopes the new center will bring in Muslims from different backgrounds. He also said the new mosque is exciting for the next generation of Spokane Muslims, including his 7-year-old son.”

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