New Joplin Mosque open two years after arson

Jul 29, 2014

The Joplin Mosque was destroyed by an arson fire in 2012. (File photo)
The Joplin Mosque was destroyed by an arson fire in 2012. (File photo)
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Two years after Muslims in Joplin suffered the traumatic loss of their place of worship at the hands of an arsonist, a new $2 million mosque is now open.

Families gathered yesterday for the first time at the new mosque to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month. Navid Zaidi, a pulmonologist originally from Pakistan, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the mosque means a lot to the small Muslim community in the southwest Missouri town.

A man awaiting trial for two arson fires at a Planned Parenthood clinic is also suspected of burning down the mosque in 2012, just a year after the tornado that devastated Joplin. The man has not been charged in connection with the mosque fire.