Oklahomans are trying to find out what will happen to a mosque that was demolished to make way for the construction of the Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Thunder’s new arena.
On Sunday, members of the Islamic Society of Oklahoma City, the mosque’s original owner, told ABC News that they plan to ask the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to allow the mosque to stay in place.
The building was demolished in the 1970s and was used for storage of the mosque until the mosque was torn down in 2001.
The mosque, which is about 5,000 square feet, was the last remaining structure in a community that was torn apart by the civil war.
It is located in the Oklahoma city suburb of Greenwood.
“We’re just trying to get our act together and figure out what to do,” the mosque owner, Abdullah Kaleem, told KFOR.
“We have a lot of respect for the history of the community.
We believe in it, and we’re going to try to do it right.
We are hopeful that the city can allow us to stay.
We are just hoping for the best.”
Kaleem said that he is hopeful that his mosque, known as the Al-Muwatta Mosque, will be able to remain in place, but he hopes to keep it in Oklahoma city.
Kaleebi said he was not aware that the mosque would be demolished.
“They didn’t know what it was going to do, but they didn’t want to demolish it, so they tore it down,” he said.
“But it was a very good mosque.”
According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, the original Al-Mawtaz Mosque in Tulsa was demolished during World War II to make room for the Army Depot.
It has since been rebuilt.
In addition to the mosque, the building was used as a church for the Islamic Association of Tulsa and other groups.
The Oklahoma City Police Department is still investigating what caused the mosque building to be demolished, KFOR reported.