941 Old Fairview Rd, Asheville, NC

Asheville Muslims observe holiday in new mosque

ASHEVILLE  After nearly 17 years, Islam has found a permanent place in the mountains.

The new mosque is perched on an unassuming piece of land behind the Home Depot on Fairview Road. Green, metal siding covers the simple, square-shaped building. Inside, there is one large room that is used for prayer, gatherings and a weekend religious school for children.

Previously, the Muslim community had been meeting in rented spaces, moving from one place to another as their leases expired or property owners sold their buildings.