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Work on Temecula Mosque Meets Initial Deadline; Money Needed to Finish

Construction on a mosque in Temecula was marked by another recent milestone. The local Muslim community currently meets in Murrieta until its new building is complete.

As soon as a year from now, Muslims in southwest Riverside County could be meeting in their new house of worship.

Construction on a mosque in Temecula was marked by another recent milestone. The Nicolas Road site was abuzz with construction activity this week after the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley met an important Dec. 1 deadline.

City of Temecula permit stipulations gave ICTV until Dec. 1 to pour a concrete slab for phase one, which is a 4,250-square-foot building that will serve as a meeting place for the local Muslim community until the larger, more permanent building that is part of phase two of the project is completed.

 A groundbreaking was held in October after the mosque plans were approved by Temecula City Council in January 2011.

While Temecula city officials could not immediately be reached this week to confirm the deadline had officially been met, the head of the mosque’s building committee breathed a huge sigh of relief.

“That was the main focus, all the energy was going into meeting that deadline,” said Moamer Shurrab, who in April was elected to a two-year term on the board of directors for ICTV. 

Shurrab said the local Muslim community is now regrouping to determine what it will take financially to complete the first building by December 2013.

“That is the plan. It all depends on the financial situation and the donations that come from the community,” Shurrab said. “We have to come together ourselves to see exactly what is it going to take. Just like any nonprofit organization you live off of donations.”

ICTV became a registered nonprofit in December 1998, during the same year five local Muslim families began meeting in their homes and eventually rented commercial space in Temecula to conduct regular Friday prayer.

In November 2011, the group, which holds Friday prayer, moved its meeting place from a 6,000-square-foot space on Rio Nedo in Temecula to an 8,000-square-foot space on Hobie Circle in Murrieta.

Since 2008, the group has been working with the city of Temecula to get its building plans approved for the 4.3-acre site on Nicolas Road that it purchased in 2000.

That led to a series of public hearings—the last of which was the longest Temecula city council meeting on record.

In the end, the group retained its right to build on its land.

Had the Dec. 1 deadline not been met, it would have been a setback. Another round of public notices would have had to be sent out, resulting in more hearings.

The funds for the project have come from its members.

“We have been doing fundraising over the years. We have raised a substantial amount of money, but we don’t know how far that is going to carry us. In our community there are a lot of people out of jobs.”

Nonetheless, excitement is in the air.

“For so many years we have been working toward it...The dream is here for so many people who have been worshiping in warehouses.”

No completion date has been set for the larger, 21,000-square feet building that will eventually adjoin the first building. Before phase one can open, Shurrab explained there will be landscape placed on the site of the larger building. A water retention basin sits on the property fronting Nicolas Road, diffusing the problem of the project being in an area prone to flooding.

In the meantime, Shurrab said he and the other six members of the board of directors, including Chairman Emad Rasheed, will be weighing their financial options.

“We have to look at different options. Another option is to maybe take a loan. You can not just stop the project.”

Brenda December 12, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Dave- I don't know who is real anymore :/ I wish I did because with some I have enjoyed many a good conversation whether we agreed or not, as it should be. Without all this name changing, insulting or getting slammed by someone I have never seen before and never talked to before out of no where. I think the Sam Bradstreet was insulting at first but then turned nice? Hell don't even remember anymore, there are so many names coming and going. Basically if someone is giving me a hard time just to do it, pick me out of a group, as I am an easy target, being really a 53 yr old disabled grandma, then its probably Jeff Kleiner, which is his real name? This would be the same man who spent a considerable amount of time researching my real information to post on here also? Hope someone is real on here Dave :/ Entitlement Queen- are you talking bout me that you laugh at? I have never even talked to you I do not believe. I do not wear diapers(YET), and I don't call anyone a liar, and I don't preach about a life that is unreal. That also proves I dont lie because liars do NOT remember their lies over time and that is what I always preached to my daughters growing up. So where in the world did you come up with all this??
Brenda December 12, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Is the REAL Dave Peters the real Dave Peters and who is Entitlement Queen? So Vic and Dave Peters are not really being nice? Or they are being nice, but are someone else? I think I am just going to give up unless someone wants to meet for coffee and show ID's on who is who seriously. And here I was thinking I was posting with other nice people in Temecula and surrounding areas about our City and its going ons, what we care about, donations, helping others, following through on crime issues, accidents with cares, pedestrians, our City Council or lack there of, etc. etc.
Brenda December 12, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Shane I dont do politics and I am not answering to you again, so don't bother posting to me, and also I am not political and don't give a rats butt who is in office anymore as they all suck, lie, and thats just the first two to come to mind. Now just leave me the hell alone and pick on someone else your size.
Brenda December 12, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Shane, get your FACTS STRAIGHT. AS I have posted for a year now. I am racist against any color, any nationality, from anywhere who kill, beat, assault, drugs, prostitution, run human traffic'ing, steal, etc. from others. GET IT? If they are Hells Angels motorcycle gang and most are white, and they kill others, steal and do drugs, then I am racist against them, would that be white trash? Asian gangs in Orange County, which is now like its own Mafia, yes, I am racist. The Asian kids down the street who are like wonderful kids, polite, play outside with everyone, do great in school, heck no I am not racist or prejudice. Are you getting this Ignoramous? I am prejudice against anyone who kills, and commits other crimes, any color, any nationality, any upbringing etc. Get it RIGHT and in the case of Muslims its hard to know who is a good person or group because they can be run by the terrorists at any given moment, admittedly.
Brenda December 12, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Good info Gal Cann

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