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Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center is the only mosque in Faribault, Minnesota. Predominantly Somali, it is a vibrant site of Muslim prayer, education, and community. The people of the mosque told me about their lives and their visions for the future, and shared their thoughts on education, Muslim…
An exhibit on the history of the town of Faribault, from the 19th century until today.
During one of my site visits to Masjid An-Nur, I was outside the mosque taking pictures when an African-American woman walking by smiled at me and said, “Assalamu’ alaikum my sister.” Thinking she mistook me for someone else, I did not respond. However, a few minutes later, I received the same…
The Masjid Al-Rahman, or Muslim Community Center, is located in Bloomington, a medium sized city in Minnesota, south of Minneapolis, finding its roots in 1992 and officially opening in 1999.
The presence of Muslims in Minnesota can be traced back as far as the 1880s. While the history of Muslims in the state is long standing, this population remained relatively small until the 1990s with the arrival of thousands of Somali refugees. Today, Muslims represent a significant part of…