In the works: Mosque planned at old Kitsap Bank building

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Muslims in Bremerton and Kitsap County have long commuted to places of worship in Tacoma and other Puget Sound communities. But a permanent home locally is now at hand, with the Islamic Center of Kitsap County‘s purchase of the old Kitsap Bank building on Marine Drive.

The building, which had been on the market for $269,000, sold in mid-August.

The Islamic Center made a video in July asking for donations to its GoFundMe account, which you can watch here. The center has raised more than $14,000 for the mosque. Its families have been working to convert the old bank into a masjid, or place of worship.

“We the muslims of Kitsap County have been living in Bremerton, WA for 20 years,” the GoFundMe page explains. “There are about 10 muslim families living here currently and the community is growing. With no masjid in the community, we currently commute about 60 miles or more to the closest masjid for Friday prayers and Ramadan.”

You may recall that for a time, the center met at Unity Church in Manette, according to a Kitsap Sun story by Rachel Pritchett from 2008.

I plan on following developments and writing a feature for the Kitsap Sun when the building improvements are completed and the mosque opens.

8 thoughts on “In the works: Mosque planned at old Kitsap Bank building

  1. So glad for them. I welcome diversity on the Peninsula, and -with other friends- plan to welcome the group when opening is planned. <3

  2. Yes, lots of diversity. If you call demands and threats against everything they don’t like followed by calls of the made up word “Islamaphobe.” Why, yes, there will be lots of diversity.

  3. WELCOME TO THE BLOCK. SO. so glad you moved in. Too many sad empty buildings here. Please say you have plans on painting the building. Lol, it has always looked so cold and now it you can make it something inviting

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