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Rochester mosque thanks community for support after solidarity vigil

KTTC
Monday July 9, 2018

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -Rochester Muslims are thanking the community for its support after hundreds gathered for a solidarity vigil in June when bacon was found at a downtown mosque.

Members of the Masjed AbuBakr Al-Seddiq Mosque offered Somali tea and sweets like sambusa — a fried or baked pastry with a beef, potato, and onion filling — to educate the community about Islam and Muslims.  Some members say they understand the misconceptions that have colored public perception of Islam since 9/11, and they're hoping the gathering will serve to build a religious bridge and engage members of other faiths in dialogue. 

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Faduma Issa is a board member of the mosque, who baked some of the desserts. In her culture, offering Sambusa and Somali tea is a way to show respect and welcome a guest, she said. "That's the first thing you bring when somebody comes to your house."

Members of the mosque say they're proud of the community for coming together, despite differences in ethnicities, religions, and background.  

"I think together we can make a change and grow as a bigger community," said Issa.



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