More than 500 Muslims gather for prayer services at the Islamic Center of Orlando, Jama'Masjid. The prayers are said silently, "from the heart" and, in spite of the large number of people, all is quiet. The mosque is the largest in Orlando and serves Muslims visiting the Central Florida area as well as locals. In addition to the prayer services Jama'Masjid holds Koran classes for children, some of whom are memorizing the entire Koran, a respected show of faith in the Muslim community. Jama'Masjid is also planning the construction of the Buena Vista Muslim Academy, a private school which will be located next to the mosque.
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