MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A mosque in Minneapolis is holding an open house to teach the broader community about the Muslim faith and Somali culture.

The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Civic Center at 504 Cedar Ave. South is opening its doors from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The event is sponsored by the center and the Islamic League of Somali Scholars in America.

The event is billed as a night of “building bridges” and will include Somali cuisine and information about the center’s activities.

Last week in Portland, Ore., a 19-year-old Somali-American was arrested in an alleged plot to blow up a bomb. Days later, a mosque was set on fire.

Dar Al-Hijrah’s executive director Abdikadir Ibrahim says the open house was planned before the Oregon arrest and is part of ongoing community outreach. But he says the issues in Portland show such outreach is important.

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Comments (5)
  1. Mark from MNtaxwaste says:

    It’s a start

  2. Bob says:

    ill go if they have a demonstration on suicide bombing …..

  3. Kevin says:

    The will Bob! And I am sure they will give instruction on how to start up an underaged sex ring and how to recruit for numerous terrorist organizations! I have a better idea…..they should come to my “Church” and I will teach them how to be Americans….or they should just go back to Somalia and live in the dirt….

  4. marilyn.ries says:

    try teaching some english first and how to get to be americanized

  5. Ben B. says:

    Yep – learning the language would be a start. And cease being so aggressive as a whole (sure-it was tough in Somelia but …)
    Guess I’m not sure if they will assimilate or demand we do to the ways they want.
    I’m really not a fan of them … just being honest

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