Muslims pioneered to
In the late 1980s, with the Muslim population estimated at 2,000, the need emerged for educational institutions for the children of the now-settling Muslim families. Annoor part-time school was established in 1989 in a small house next to Masjid Al-Noor. In 1996, the full-time Annoor Islamic School was founded with 12 students attending school in a recently purchased house north of Masjid Al-Noor. Plans were initiated to build a community project composed of a school building, Masjid and an activity center. At the end of 1996, 8.4 acres of land in a prime location was purchased for the community project.
In the fall of 2000, the
With 5,000 strong and facing new challenges, the Muslims of Wichita proceeded with the second phase of the project, building a new Masjid and support complex to accommodate the growing needs of the community. The second phase, completed in 2005, gave the Muslim community the facilities needed to conduct all five daily prayers on a regular basis.
With over 100 students attending the Annoor Islamic School, a school expansion project was started in December of 2009. Construction for the Annoor Islamic School expansion project began in May of 2010.
The AIS Expansion project is expected to be completed in three phases: 1A - Building Shell (building exterior), 1B - First Floor Interior Finish and 1C - Second Floor Interior Finish. The first floor will have 10,530 sq. ft. and second floor will consist of 8,220 sq. ft. The completed school will have a total of 16 class rooms, a library, science labs, administrative offices and a media center.