DUBUQUE, Iowa — The construction of Dubuque’s first mosque is nearing completion.

The Telegraph Herald (http://bit.ly/2dmDakB ) reports that the mosque could be completed within the month. Tri-State Islamic Center president Rami Eltibi says workers installed the structure’s dome last week. The building is located at the end of Radford Court. Some work on the building’s interior remains, and a new parking lot will be added.

“It looks very beautiful,” Eltibi said. “I’m sure everything is going to look cleaner and nicer. And so far, everything is looking good.”

Adib Kassas, head of the mosque’s advisory committee, says the goal is to occupy it by the end of October. The mosque will primarily be used as a place of worship, but will also serve as a gathering place for the Muslim community.

Center officials also hope to educate the public about Islam.

“We’re looking in the future to make this a very active center, both for the Muslim community and non-Muslim community,” Eltibi said.

Kassas said that the new mosque will help build relationships within the community and promote diversity.

“What we are looking for is to be able to have a good relationship with our neighbors,” Kassas said. “There’s a lot of stereotypes about Muslims these days, and we’d like to show a picture of very professional and kind and good people.”

The total cost of the project, including the land the structure sits on, is about $800,000. Kassas says $750,000 of those funds has been raised.

Eltibi said a grand opening celebration will be held when the building is finished.

Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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