As communities in and around Nashville continue to grow, so does the area’s Muslim population.
Tucked in the farms and subdivisions of Bellevue, is a new place of prayer for Muslims like Rashed Fakhruddin who call Nashville home.
“This is a big deal, accomplishment — we’ve completed our second mosque,” said Fakhruddin, director of community partnerships for the Islamic Center of Nashville.
It’s a timely addition to the Islamic Center of Nashville’s original location in the 12 South neighborhood, finally coming to fruition during Ramadan, the holiest month of the year for Muslims.
“This process started back in 1995 when we purchase these acres of land out of Charlotte Pike with the vision of starting a full-time school, a mosque and community center,” Fakhruddin told News 2.
The mosque, which is part of a $2.5 million project, is spread across 11 acres of land.
“This dome is very unique because a lot of it was brought in from Uzbekistan and was in pieces, and put together by, actually, some of the Uzbekistani community in Nashville, same as the mihrab,” Fakhruddin said.
According to Fakhruddin, the need for the new mosque is rooted in Nashville’s rapid growth.
“This is one of the areas where we were lacking a mosque, in West Nashville, so the need was there,” he explained. “the growth in population here, and a place for Muslims to congregate and gather for spiritual purposes, and very importantly, to give back to the community.”
Fakhruddin said he hopes the new mosque will help build bridges of understanding and turn that understanding into good for the community.
“Not just to look and learn about who we are on faith, but we are here to solve similar issues that we all face as Nashvillians or as Americans,” Fakhruddin said.
The new mosque is located at 7337 Charlotte Pike.