A new mosque and community center opened its doors Thursday in central Indiana. It serves the Muslim congregation in Fishers and neighboring cities.
Imam Nasser Karimian said Al Huda Foundation's mosque will have a community-driven mindset and will offer programs to serve the larger community, including other faith groups. The facility is located on Lantern Drive in Fishers.
“We want to make sure that churches, synagogue and other groups, we want to make sure we host them, that we feed them, that we, you know, have dialogues with them and engage in interesting conversations that will help grow the community,” Karimian said.
Cristopher Suarez, youth pastor of a neighboring Seventh-day Adventist Church, said he’s thankful for Al Huda Foundation's new mosque and said it will enrich the cultural landscape of the community.
“I think adding a different cultural perspective to things is always important whether it be different types of foods from different places, to music, to dress,” Suarez said. “And just to see where people get their worldview from, I think is going to be very beneficial.”
Suarez also said he’s looking forward to community basketball and soccer matches – the mosque will have a youth sports center and gym. It will also offer babysitting services.