Efforts underway for center

Published 3:43 pm Thursday, May 24, 2018

Efforts to remove the flooring and repair flooding damage to the Islamic Center of Prince Edward County are underway.

The center, located at 302 South Street, received approximately 2 feet of water from the Saturday flood that seeped in underneath the tiles and damaged carpeting and walls.

A GoFundMe page has been made for the effort, which can be accessed at https://www.gofundme.com/save-the-islamic-center-of-pec, and has raised $240.

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“The Islamic Center of Prince Edward County was submerged in the flood and has suffered severe flood damage,” a description of the GoFundMe cited. “It is now in danger of being taken over by mold if action is not taken immediately.”

The page noted that members of the congregation are “working together to pull up the floors in the building so that the water underneath the tiles can be removed.”

Khalil Latif, imam of the Islamic Center of Prince Edward County, said he and the congregation have ripped out the carpeting and pulled out the rugs.

Latif said in a previous Herald report he and the congregation are seeking places to hold Friday prayers and Iftar celebrations, which is when the fast is broken at sunset for Ramadan, which is a month-long fast beginning May 17 where participants abstain from food and water until sunset.

Latif said prayer is scheduled to take place at the Moton Museum.

“As of right now, the building’s not habitable, and we’re kind of trying to dry out, trying to dry the carpet out, if you go down there now, you can see we pulled the carpet out,” Latif said.

Latif said the center has received a call from Farmville Presbyterian Church and may look into having Iftar at the area library.

“We welcome any assistance the public would like to offer,” Latif said. To reach Latif, contact the Law Office of Khalil W. Latif at (434) 315-0360.