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Faith/Religion
1:30 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Man confesses to Joplin mosque fire

The Islamic Society of Joplin, the city's only mosque, was destroyed in a fire on Aug. 6, 2013.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

More than one year after the Islamic Society of Joplin was burned to the ground, an arrested man has confessed to setting the fire.

“The arrest will not bring the mosque back, but at least it will stop him from doing things like this again,” said Lahmuddin Lahmuddin, the mosques imam, on hearing the news.

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Faith/Religion
7:00 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Moving on: Joplin Muslim community moves forward after mosque burns to ground

The remains of the Joplin mosque show the extent of the destruction that happened in a fire on Aug. 6, 2012. This photo was taken less than a month after the fire.
Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values KBIA

This week, Columbia Faith & Values and its partner sites explored what happens when violence crosses thresholds in churches, synagogues and mosques. You can read the whole series on ColumbiaFAVS.com.

The story we bring you today takes us to Joplin. What happens when your worship space burns to the ground, and no one even knows who or what is at fault? How do you go on?

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Faith/Religion
7:32 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Hundreds turn out for Joplin mosque rally

Jennifer Davidson KSMU

Hundreds of people turned out for a rally aimed at showing solidarity with area Muslims whose mosque was destroyed in a suspicious fire.

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Faith/Religion
8:20 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Enough money raised for Joplin rally for Muslims

Donors have stepped forward to make sure a rally to support Muslims in Joplin will be held.

The Neighbors — Joplin Mosque Rally will be held Saturday at Landreth Park.

Organizer Ashley Carter said several people contributed about $2,500 this week to fund the rally, which will feature speakers and entertainment.

The event was planned after a suspicious fire destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin's mosque on Aug. 6. A reward totaling $25,000 has been offered for information on the fire. The FBI is investigating.

Faith/Religion
8:27 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Rally to support Joplin Muslims lacking funds

A rally to support Muslims after a fire destroyed a mosque in Joplin is still planned, although the organizer says more money is needed to finance the event.

A fire that destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque Aug. 6 has been called suspicious but a cause has not been determined.

Organizer Ashley Carter says the rally is scheduled for Saturday at Landreth Park. She is seeking nearly $3,000 by Wednesday for insurance and rent. But she says speakers and entertainment are lined up and she expects the event to be held.

Crime
6:25 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Fire destroys Joplin, Mo. mosque

Prayer rugs lined the floor of the Joplin Islamic Center in 2009; the mosque burned to the ground on August 6, 2012.
Jennifer Davidson KSMU

The only mosque in Joplin, Mo., has burned to the ground.  The cause of the fire is still unknown. 

The loss of property leaves the Islamic community without a place of worship in its most sacred time of the year:  Ramadan.

The imam of the mosque, Dr. Lahmuddin Lahmuiddin, had only  finished leading the special “Taraweeh” night prayers a few hours before he was awakened by a phone call from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department.  That prayer takes place every night at about 10:00 during the month of Ramadan.

Lahmuddin got in his car and started driving.

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PM Newscasts
5:46 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Newscast for August 6, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Fire destroys Joplin mosque
  • Republican Senate primary heats up
  • 'Right to pray' amendment on primary ballot

Crime
8:29 am
Tue July 17, 2012

$15K reward for info on Mo. mosque fire

The FBI announced Monday they were offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to charges in a fire at a Joplin mosque.

The fire was reported July 4 at the Islamic Society of Joplin. No injuries were reported, and firefighters extinguished the blaze on the roof of the center before it caused any interior damage. It was the second fire in two years at the center.