Picnic gives many first glimpse of new Islamic Center in Afton
Their annual picnic featured hot dogs, burgers, pony rides, a bouncy house and a police vehicle fair, courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.
But the main attraction was the venue — the nearly complete masjid (mosque) that will serve as the home of the Islamic Society of Woodbury-East Metro. It's the result of five years of planning and fundraising by the society, who have outgrown their worship space on Commerce Drive in Woodbury.
In 2013, they purchased 29 acres of land on Hudson Road in Afton. The new complex will also include a religious school, math tutoring and a community center for weddings and graduations. They will also have a food shelf that can be accessed by people of all faiths, spokesperson Irfan Ali said.
Some interior construction remains to be completed, he said. There should be an official opening in about two months.