Dar al-Taqwa mosque nears completion

November 04, 2005

As the Dar al-Taqwa mosque nears completion in Ellicott City, Muslims in Howard County are looking forward to having a place of their own to practice their faith.

Until now, about 350 Muslim families in the county have been using a combination of public and private spaces for prayer, education and fellowship.

Ramadan prayer services attract so many worshippers that they spill into the halls in Owen Brown Interfaith Center. Evening meals, which break the fast after sundown, are served in a school cafeteria.

The mosque, on Route 108 west of Centennial Lane, is the first building to be constructed specifically for that purpose in Howard County.

Sheik Mahmoud Abdel-Hady (above) looks toward a skylight in the mosque. At left, Saima Shaikh of Columbia takes part in a post-sunset meal with her daughter, Heba, during Ramadan last year at Cradlerock School in Columbia. Below, at left, crates of donated marble are ready to be installed as flooring in the mosque. Below, at right, Abdel-Hady addresses a group of senior citizens at the east Columbia library during a series of lectures for non-Muslims about Islam.

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