Hundreds of Bosniaks from the USA attended this historical act. The flags of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United States of America waived alongside each other.
The mosque which will be built in Iowa will bear the name “Es-salaam”. The memorial plaque will state: “In the name of Allah the merciful, the compassionate, December 19, 2015, Garner – Iowa, good Bosniaks laid a foundation stone for the first mosque ‘Es-salaam’. We are building this mosque in peace, out of love, thankful that the Creator has given us the opportunity to enjoy the blessings of peace. May Allah bless America”.
Imam in the capital of Iowa Des Moines, Nermin ef. Spahić, said that he is happy that Bosniaks in this beautiful American state will have an Islamic center which will gather them and strengthen their identity.
Some of the facilities in this state have earlier been used as masjids, one house in Cedar Rapids has also been turned into a mosque with a small minaret. Bosniaks will build the first mosque with Islamic center in Iowa!
Ef. Spahić said he is happy that the local churches also support the Islamic community of Bosniaks in Iowa.