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SELMA — An inauguration ceremony was held Oct. 12 for the cemetery at the Masjid Noorul Mustafa located at 1022 River Road. About 50 people, including Mayor Cheryl Oliver, were in attendance.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Mir Mumtaz Ali, a local pulmonologist and founder of the Masjid, noted that this cemetery was created because there was not a Muslim cemetery in the area. The cemetery can accommodate 500 graves and is located behind the Masjid.
Ali said those who worship at the Masjid follow the Orthodox Sunni faith which preaches peaceful coexistence among all religious groups and communities. He also stressed that it condemns all kinds of violence. Suicide bombings and similar acts are strictly forbidden and prohibited.
“Cemeteries are important because they visually illustrate the value we place on human lives,” said Oliver. “They serve as a place to honor and remember those that we love and those who loved us. This remembrance comforts us and grounds us. It also often strengthens and emboldens us to face the present and future with hope and courage. The cemetery will be an asset to our community.”
The Jaama Masjid/Muslim Community Center and Social Welfare Organization of Johnston County was founded in 2005 and is registered as a not-for-profit charitable trust.