Burned Wichita Mosque to be Rebuilt

Churches and locals helping Muslims to rebuild their burned down mosque in Wichita, Kansas:

Burned Wichita mosque to be rebuilt

(WICHITA, Kan.) — A Wichita mosque near Taft and Knight that burned down in November will soon be in service again.

“Everybody knew that they wanted to rebuild and that we do need a center on the west side for the people that use it. How that was going to get done, there were some logistics that needed to be worked out,” explains Donna Sibaai, Islamic Association member.

Investigators have never determined a cause in last fall’s fire, but gave the mosque persmission to start rebuilding last month. On Monday, supplies for the building’s roof were delivered.

Sibaai adds, “It’s like the first piece of the puzzle, so it’s going to be a great day for our community.”

Sibaai says the fire was devastating, but an outpouring of support from the community and other churches made things easier.

“Many of us got personal emails, people just wanting to know what they could do to help, offering their spaces even for worship. We had several churches offer space for worship for our Friday prayers, it was amazing.”

A crane will be brought in a Wednesday to put the roof on the building. The mosque sustained about $130,000 in damages.

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