The old Masjid Al-Madina needed bigger prayer facilities and wasn’t easily accessible to the elderly or people with disabilities because of its steps and lack of ramps.
“We didn’t have enough room,” he said. “Now everything is on just one floor, there’s no steps.”
The congregation raised $1 million toward the building project through bake sales, garage sales and other fundraisers.
After the building project was completed, local Muslims praised the new mosque.
“It’s nice to finally have one of our own that looks like a mosque,” Saif Ahmed, a Springfield resident said then.
Lasania said the congregation continues to raise money for the recent renovations.
There remains an open invitations to non-Muslims in the community to attend prayer each Friday afternoon.
Lasania said those who worship at the mosque hope the renovations and additions encourage others to participate in prayer and other activities at the mosque.
“The community outside is very responsive, very nice and very kind to all of us. We really, really appreciate that,” Lasania said.
The mosque also donates to the Springfield Soup Kitchen and frequently participates in clothing drives for those in need.
“We just collected a large amount of clothes for the poor and the needy in Springfield … Many of the boxes are brand new clothes we just collected for the community. Socks, wool hats, blankets,” Lasania said.
About 15 boxes of clothes, blankets and other items on Friday were provided to Fred Stegner, who owns and operates the Springfield Soup Kitchen, 830 W. Main St.
The Soup Kitchen serves about 250 people each Monday and Wednesday.