GREGORY J. HOLMAN | Springfield News-Leader
The name of Springfield's new mosque, American Momin Park, includes a word that means "believer."
It's been in the works for seven years. At the construction site, tree removal has already begun. Within 12 to 18 months, it could begin serving the Ozarks' Muslim community, said Sultan Zahirsha, president and CEO of the mosque's nonprofit board and project construction manager.
Zahirsha and other leaders of the American Momin Park project began spreading the word in recent days that southwest Springfield will gain a new 10,500-square-foot mosque. Plans include a prayer hall, a fellowship hall, educational facilities and a cemetery set on 5.5 acres just east of West Bypass. The area has three existing Christian churches and a wedding venue on nearby streets, along with single-family houses and undeveloped land.