The Selimiye Mosque in Methuen, MA was established in April of 1995 with the contributions of local Muslim community members in the New England area. It was then that some Muslim families of Turkish origin realized that a mosque was needed in the Merrimack Valley. They pulled their humble resources together to buy a rundown church in Methuen, MA With their volunteer work and $200,000 in donations from the Muslim community. The grounds and the building were cleaned, interiors were renovated and the necessary facilities were added to turn the rundown church into a functioning mosque. By the Grace of Allah and the support of the Muslim community. Since then, Selimiye Mosque has been fully functional and serving the diverse Muslim community of Merrimack Valley. It offers many services to the community including, five daily prayers, children are attending daily classes for Quran Reading, memorization and Islamic Studies. During Ramadan, there are iftars (dinners) and Taraweeh prayers are held every night. Besides the daily prayers and the Friday prayer, there are conferences and other meetings. The Mosque has become not only a religious but also a cultural and a social activity center for the Muslim community.