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Las Vegas Mosque First Built By A Woman in U.S.

Sharaf Haseebullah was a pharmacists, as was her husband. They also did very well in Nevada's real estate market. So after her husband died, and her seven children were raised, the Indian-born Pakistani-raised Haseebullah wanted to do something significant with her life. So she built a mosque.

Masjid Ibrahim mosque and community center is located in North Las Vegas, west of Decatur Boulevard, between Cheyenne Avenue and Craig Road. It's the first mosque to be built by a woman.

Haseebullah says that education is important to her. And building a mosque and community center allowed her to contribute to the education of the kids who live in the community - even if they're not Muslim.

The center will offer after school programs and Haseebullah, herself, will be on site teaching and mentoring neighborhood kids.

Sharaf Haseebullah, founder of Masjid Ibrahim

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(EDITOR'S NOTE: Carrie Kaufman no longer works for KNPR News. She left in April 2018)