LOS ANGELES (AP) - The opening of a mosque in the San Gabriel Valley is the latest Islamic worship center that has been built in Southern California over the last several years.
The Los Angeles Times reports the legion of new mosques have been funded entirely by local Muslims, who have been settling in the region since the 1960s. Prior to 2001, mosques were often funded by foreigners.
Stricter government scrutiny of foreign investments from Islamic countries after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, coupled with the reluctance of local Muslims about accepting foreign donations, helped change the practice.
The number of newly built facilities has risen to more than 630 in 2011 from 314 in 2000. There are more than 2,100 mosques in the U.S.
More mosques are planned for Corona, Ontario and Temecula.
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