Minneapolis mosque to host open house this Wednesday


by Nelima Kerré | February 23, 2009 • On February 25, 2009, the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center will welcome neighborhood residents and organizations for a community dinner intended to increase understanding about the local Somali Muslim community and mosque.

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The Wednesday event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: Community Open House and Dinner at Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 25, 5-8 p.m.
WHERE: Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, 2824 13th Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minn.
SPEAKERS: Dr. Hamdi Sawaf, Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center representatives and CAIR-MN Communications Director Jessica Zikri.
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Communications Director Jessica Zikri, 612-226-3289, E-Mail: jzikri[at]cair[dot]com
Dinner guests, including commanders of local police precincts, will have an opportunity to observe an Islamic prayer at 6 p.m. before enjoying Middle Eastern and African foods. Speakers’ presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

CAIR-MN said the mosque has received an increasing number of hate calls and e-mails since several Somali youth left the Twin Cities area, sparking rumors they were going to Somalia to join warring militias. (Read MinneAfrica’s coverage here).

“We invite our neighbors of all faiths to come and learn more about the Somali Islamic community and to see that Muslims share the same challenges and concerns as other Minnesotans,”

CAIR-MN Communications Director Jessica Zikri.

The open house and dinner are sponsored by the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, CAIR-MN and the Building Blocks of Islam.