Eleven years ago, when Mohammad Islam decided to open his mosque, he built his modest house of worship inside a ranch house on a quiet street in Doraville, Georgia.

Over a decade's time, Al Maad Al Islami grew slowly from a handful of members who prayed there five times a day to more than 200 people attending evening prayer on Fridays.

The 50-year-old soft-spoken imam, who in the early '90s left Bangladesh to come to America, has long believed the day would come when his mosque would outgrow its current home. In his mind, part of that growth meant the construction of a cemetery so that his congregation could bury the dead, and a mosque devoted to funeral rituals.

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