Atlanta's Largest Mosque Unveiled

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's Muslim community is celebrating the opening of a $10 million mosque that's been decades in the making.

Al-Farooq Masjid, which opened along 14th Street Northwest Sunday, becomes the city's largest mosque.

The 46,000-square-foot structure can house 1,100 in its main prayer hall and features a 65-foot-high dome.

Inside, carved travertine stone details and intricate, geometric, hand-painted designs greet the 80,000 estimated Muslims in metro Atlanta.

Khalid Siddiq is a Cobb County resident and longtime leader in Atlanta's Muslim community.

He and a group of other men began planning for a mosque in the late '70s. Siddiq says he wasn't sure if they would see its creation in their lifetime.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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