Ten years ago the main building of The Woodlands Masjid, a mosque serving around 300 members, was completed and the community is ready to celebrate.

On Oct. 18, the mosque invites the larger community to join them in recognizing the growth of the mosque, and celebrating the 10 years that it has stood in The Woodlands community.

So, why celebrate 10 years?

“Just to look back and cherish the times spent together as American community and celebrate the achievements (serving the community and humanity),” said Imam Mohamed Rihabi in an email to The Woodlands Villager. “Just come with your families, get to know your Muslim community of The Woodlands. Looking forward to celebrating with The Woodlands community.”

Over the years, as the Muslim community in The Woodlands has continued to grow, so too has the mosque. Over the next 10 years, Rihabi expects the mosque to double in membership.

The entire Woodlands community is invited to join the mosque on Oct. 18, to “to celebrate with family, friends, neighbors and community as whole, to bring old memories back and enjoy food.” Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to woodlandsimam@gmail.com to give the event organizers an estimated number so that they can prepare the right amount of food and seating arrangements.

The celebrations will start at 7 p.m. at the Al-Ansar Islamic center ISGH-Woodlands at 15217 Sunset Trail, The Woodlands. Those interested in celebrating with the mosque are asked to just come and join the event, all you need is yourself.

This is not the first time the mosque has opened its doors to the community. Back in March, after 50 people were killed at several mosques in New Zealand, the Woodlands mosque invited the entire community to gather for an interdenominational service. Around 300 people attended the event, as reported by The Woodlands Villager.

Rihabi was born in Syria but now lived in The Woodlands iwth his wife and four children. He has a doctorate in Islamic Studies and the Academic Studies of Arabic Literature from the University of Damascus.

He joined the mosque as its Imam in 2017. “Our vision as an organization is to provide understanding and communication between Muslims and the Houston community in general. I love my job as a religious leader, teacher, educator and trainer,” he told The Woodlands Villager in a Q&A in April.

jamie.swinnerton@chron.com

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