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A mosque grows slowly amid opposition in New Hampshire
by Rik Stevens
The same financial difficulties that face houses of worship across the country have stalled a 10-year effort by New Hampshire's small Muslim community to construct their first mosque — and build a bridge to the non-Muslim neighbors who never wanted it there in the first place.
A decade after the still-unfinished red brick structure began rising out of a stony hillside overlooking the Merrimack Valley, the Islamic Society of New Hampshire says it has raised about $2 million for the project, less than half of what it needs to complete construction.
Now the society, which relies on donations from its very small local Muslim community, is casting a wider net — to Muslims around the world — hoping to raise enough to finish the building before it deteriorates past the point of saving.
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