Warren’s First Mosque To Open May 25 (May 9, 2007)
The first mosque in Warren will hold a free Open House for the public on May 25.
The Islamic Organization of North America will open its doors on Ryan, just south of 12 Mile,
from 3:30 – 8:30 p.m. There will be information about Islam, as well as opportunities to walk
through the building that has undergone nearly a year of renovations.
Imam Steve Elturk, a native of Lebanon who lives in Troy, is the president of the Islamic
organization and will be on hand.
Elturk has faced plenty of opposition to the mosque project.
At a planning commission meeting last year, he was asked to prove that his group did not have
ties to terrorist organizations. He also found broken glass and encountered other vandalism in
the back of the building last summer.
The Justice Department sent a letter to Warren officials last April, informing them that it was
monitoring the situation.
Members of several different religious organizations also will be at the opening.