The Muslim community around Bensalem began to form in the early 1990s when many Muslim families moved to Bensalem, PA. A local Muslim group was formed in 1999 and, with permission from the Township of Bensalem, met weekly in an office room for Friday prayers. This led to the foundation of Faith Unity, Inc. which was registered in the year 2002 as a religious, tax-exempt non-profit organization. As the Muslim community grew, in 2004, the need for expansion prompted the move to a larger area, and since then the Friday prayers were offered in the banquet hall of a local restaurant.
Continued growth in the Muslim population and the demand to offer daily services in addition to the weekly Friday prayers deemed it necessary to lease the Banquet Hall of the Newport Firehouse and a renewable annual lease contract was signed in December 2006. Since then, Faith Unity has offered regular worship services to the residents of Bensalem and Muslim community in the greater Bensalem area. Social events including dinners, seminars, study groups and halaqahs, and interfaith events are regularly held there. There are also weekend classes for adults and children.
In December 2015, a 6.3 acre wooded property was purchased with the intention of building a permanent house of worship and community center. This 6.3 acre of land has ben approved by Bensalem Township for construction of a masjid and full service Islamic Center for all Bensalem residents and beyond. Attempts are currently underway for raising the funds necessary for land development and ultimately, construction of an Islamic Center. This will include a masjid, multipurpose hall, full time Islamic school and a playground, In Shaa Allah.
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