Displaced Islamic center members look for new place to worship

Members of a mosque on Gates Avenue are looking for a new place to gather after a fire ripped through their place of worship. Members of a mosque on Gates Avenue are looking for a new place to gather after a fire ripped through their place of worship.
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Members of a mosque on Gates Avenue are looking for a new place to gather after a fire ripped through their place of worship.

The Brooklyn Broadway James Masjid and Islamic Center was destroyed after an early morning fire last Saturday.

"We have no place now," says Mohammed Siraz Ahmed, of Brooklyn. "We pray our salah at home but Fridays are special. We cannot pray at home, we need a place."

A church a few blocks away from the mosque has allowed the group to continue prayer for the next few Fridays.

Members of the mosque say they are grateful for the community during this time, but are also worried about having a permanent place for prayer before Ramadan begins next month.

The fire is still being investigated.

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