Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Cedar Rapids Support Muslims

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Cedar Rapids Support Muslims

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ON MARCH 26, ABOUT 400 PEOPLE FORMED a circle around Cedar Rapids' Mother Mosque to show their support for Muslims, reported Makayla Tendall ofthe Cedar Rapids Gazette. The multi-faith rally was organized by Erin Bust in, a consultant at Grinnell College, and St. John's Episcopal Church Rev. Wendy Abrahamson, with Imam Taha Tawil ofthe Mother Mosque. Bustin wanted Muslimsto knowthat Iowans support them.

Despite the wet weather, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, Meskwaki Native Americans, atheists and Christians spoke at the event to show support for Muslims and religious freedom. One group even traveled from Chicago.

Tawil said he was thankful that the group could share values of "pluralism, diversity, acceptance and tolerance" at the Mother Mosque, which was built in 1936 and is one of North America's longest -standing mosques. …

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