BURLINGTON, N.C. — Alamance County’s first mosque will begin holding services sometime early next year, according to the Burlington Times-News.
The paper reported that Burlington Masjid plans to begin worshipping in the building currently occupied by Life’s Journey United Church of Christ at 1908 S. Mebane St.
More than 100 people attended the mosque’s first event on Saturday, which included a free meal and health clinic.
The mosque reportedly serves about 150 families and plans to start holding services in late January.
Shaher Sayed, a mosque prayer leader, said the mosque will host outreach efforts including preparing meals for the homeless.
Mosque board member and clinic volunteer Dr. Muhammad Arida told the paper he is not entirely surprised by a negative reaction by some in the community.
“We want to practice this religion the way it’s supposed to be, not the way ISIS has,” Arida said. “They have hijacked our religion… They don’t represent us.”