The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 25, 2013

Mosque plans may be a month away

By Roger McKinney
rmckinney@joplinglobe.com

JOPLIN, Mo. — Officials with the Islamic Society of Joplin are closer to announcing plans to rebuild a mosque destroyed in a suspicious fire on Aug. 6.

Mateen Nagaria, a member of the mosque and part of the team planning the mosque rebuilding, and Iftikhar Ali, mosque president, said Saturday that an announcement about plans could come within a month or so. They didn’t reveal the location where the mosque would be built, though a decision previously had been made to build the mosque inside the city. The destroyed mosque was west of town.

“We should be in the next few months starting the process of rebuilding,” Nagaria said.

The FBI is investigating the mosque fire, and a previous fire there last July 4. No arrests have been made.