Victoria Islamic Center close to reopening
On July 17th a jury found Marq Perez guilty of burning down the Victoria Islamic Center. As the door closes on that chapter, the members of the mosque begin to focus solely on the rebuilding of their new sanctuary. Newscenter 25’s David Gibson spoke with members of the Islamic Center regarding the time-line of when they should open their doors. After a emotional roller coaster the Victoria Islamic Center is close to reopening their doors. “It’s a very exciting time, you are seeing basically something that really has risen from the ashes literally. Because we are standing on the same ground where the old mosque stood,” explains Omar Rachid, Member.
We previously reported the mosque couldn’t open its doors because of landscaping but thats not the only thing holding them back. “We have a lot of small details and that’s probably going to take a lot of time because it is a lot small details,” tells Rachid.
The small details member Omar Rachid says need to be finished before the mosque can reopen, including flooring and more. “We have flooring to be completed in the community hall as well as in the pray halls. We have some plumbing yet to be completed in the wash rooms,” adds Rachid.
Rachid says their security plans have change a lot since the fire.
“We are going to have a really robust security system on the outside as well as the inside, it is prudent to do that for the security of our congregation and also really for the benefit of the community at large,” declares Rachid. He believes the congregation will move back in the mosque in about 4 to 6 weeks.
I asked Rachid how is the congregation feeling about the mosque being reopened. “Well the entire congregation is really excited they are looking forward to the day where we are completely moved in here,” exclaims Rachid. Rachid adds they are grateful for the community support want to welcome the community into their new home by hosting an open house at the end of August.