One-of-a-kind mosque takes shape outside Granger


ALEX: OUT IN THE FIELDS ALONG
HIGHWAY 141, YOU MAY NOTICE
SOMETHING NEW NEAR GRANGER, A
DOME PEAKING OUT AMONG THE CORN.>>I TELL THEM IT’S A NEW
CAPITAL BUILDING OF THE CITY OF
GRANGER. ALEX: ELVEDIN SIVAC PRESIDENT OF
ISLAMIC AND CULTURAL CENTE
JOKES BEFORE HE EXPLAINS WHAT
CREWS ARE ACTUALLY BUILDING, A
MOSQUE. IT WILL BE THE NEW HOME FOR THE
ISLAMIC AND CULTURAL CENTE
BOSNIAK OF DES MOINE
ALEX: EACH DETAIL TO — DESIGNED
TO GIVE A DEEPER MEANING. THE PLANNED HONEYCO CEILING
, AND ON-SITE BEE HIVES MEANT TO
HONOR THEIR BOSINAN WORK ETHIC. IN ALL, THE FACILITY WILL
INCLUDE THE MOSQUE, A FAMILY
CENTER, SOCCER FIELD, CEMETERY
AND A TOWER PLANNED TO BE ABOUT
100 FEET TALL.>>THIS IS THE VERY FIRST MOSQUE
BUILT WITH ALL THESE ELEMENTS. ALEX THIS ENTIRE BUILDING IS
: MORE THAN 16,000 SQUARE FEET,
FOR THE BOSNIAN COMMUNITY IN
IOWA IT MEANS MUCH MORE THAN
JUST HAVING A PLACE TO PRA
>>THAT’S THE BIGGEST THING YOUR LIFE. FREEDOM. AND WE HAVE THAT HER
ALEX SIVAC IS ONE OF MANY
: MUSLIMS WHO CAME FROM BOSNIA
TO THE MIDWEST TO ESCAPE WAR IN
THE 1990’S. FOR HIM, THE MOSQUE IS THE
CULMINATION OF MAKING AMERICA A
TRUE HOME FOR BOSNIAN MUSLIMS
AND A SYMBOL OF HOW WELCOMED
THEY HAVE FELT IN THE UNITED
STATES.>>THIS WILL BE THE BEST EXAMP
OF DEMOCRACY. WHAT’S REAL DEMOCRACY THERE IS
NO DISCRIMINATION. THERE IS FREEDOM OF RELIGION. HERE YOU GO. THANK YOU TO THE PEOPLE OF

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