When you think about the redmond Islamic Center, it’s easy to think of its location in downtown Richmond.
But in reality, it has a much different history.
Built in the mid-1800s by a Muslim family, the mosque has remained open through the Civil War, the American Revolution, the Vietnam War, and the Great Depression.
In recent years, however, the center has faced a series of renovations and changes that have seen the mosque’s capacity fall by about half.
Today, the main building, which houses the mosque, is owned by the Redmond Islamic Society, which has also put in a request to move its operations to the new Redmond Mosque.
Redmond’s Muslim population has grown to more than a million people in the past two decades.
Redmonds mosque has become the site of some of the city’s most famous cultural events, including the Redwood Music Festival and the Red Oaks Park Film Festival.
But for many of the mosquegoers, the Redwoods have long been a destination, and they’re happy to see it moved to the Redmoor.
“I’m glad that they’re moving there because it’s a great location,” resident Shauna Matson said.
“You can walk all the way to the beach and be outside and not worry about having to wear a hijab or be scared of a Muslim.”
The Redwoods mosque has been around since the 1880s and has hosted some of Richmond’s biggest and most iconic festivals.
In addition to the movie screenings and music events, Redwood is home to a number of local restaurants and a variety of other businesses.
But it has recently been plagued by vandalism, including an alleged arson attack on the mosque in May, which left a large number of items burned.
Matson is grateful that the mosque will soon be able to host another event.
“We’ve always been able to bring people together here,” she said.
The Redmores new mosque will include a new exterior, and it will be open to the public for two weeks.
Mandy Miller, an associate professor at the University of Richmond School of Urban and Regional Planning, says the new structure will provide a welcome space for people to gather for worship and socializing.
“There will be a space for all types of people,” Miller said.
“[The mosque] will have some type of public art, and we hope that there will be some type, and hopefully some type that reflects the diversity that we have here.”
However, the new mosque also will have to deal with the same issues that have plagued the Redmonds old mosque, according to Miller.
“They have a lot of issues they need to address,” Miller told The Washington Post.
“And unfortunately, the old mosque didn’t have much of a plan for how they were going to deal [with the issues].”
In the past, Redmore Muslims have struggled to get along with the rest of the community.
The new mosque may be the first step towards rebuilding the mosque community.
And in addition to providing some stability for the mosque and its residents, the move may help alleviate some of Redmowres growing pains.
“It’s going to be an amazing experience for the people of the Redwins, and that’s what we’re looking forward to,” Matson told The Post. Read more: