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Plans to complete new mosque by June 2017

Posted at 7:40 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 20:03:44-04

The Muslim Community Center of Tucson plans to begin phase two of its construction plan next month. 

The center is located on the northwest side of Tucson and has a gym open for prayer. About 200 to 500 people attend a day. 

One of the center's board members explains this mosque is needed in the community. 

"Our Muslim population is increasing and we need large spaces," Maqsood Ahmad said. 

He noticed that since the nineties, he believes Tucson's Muslim population has tripled in size to about 10,000.

"People are excited we have it because for our gatherings we used to rent a place or go to an open park," said Ahmad.

Two main goals the center hopes to get out of this mosque is to provide services to the Muslim community and bring youth back to the center.

 When the mosque is completed, it will be about 22,000 square feet and the largest in Arizona.