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.