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Events to mark Islamic Center of Central Missouri's 30th anniversary

Saturday, September 14, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:18 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 14, 2013
Said Mohamed, second from right, sheikh of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, and other Muslims pray at Maghrib, or evening, prayer on Friday. The center is hosting events for the greater Columbia community in honor of its 30th anniversary.

COLUMBIA — The Islamic Center of Central Missouri is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a full calendar of events in the next week.

The center will host various opportunities until Sept. 21 for the public to learn more about Islam. The schedule includes an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the center, 201 South Fifth St.

"The open house is where we open up our mosque to the Columbia community to educate them about the basics and fundamentals of Islam," said Adam Zino, the outreach officer for the center. "We'll be having several talks throughout the day, henna tattoos, write your name in Arabic, and foods from regions where the Islam religion is predominant."

Zino said speakers' topics include women in Islam and "Islam 101," which will give attendees an overview of the religion’s basic tenets and beliefs.

All events will be held at the Islamic center unless otherwise noted. 

Events scheduled for the 30th anniversary celebration include:

Saturday

  • Community health screening, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Islamic Center activity room.
  • Film screening: "Out of Cordoba," 6 to 9 p.m., Chambers Auditorium in the MU Student Center. "Out of Cordoba" is a documentary about present-day relations between Muslims, Jews and Christians and the ongoing struggle for rights in the Middle East. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Jacob Bender.

Sunday

  • Public open house, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Film screening: "Out of Cordoba," 11:30 a.m. 

Monday

  • Reflections after Maghrib, a prayer that takes place 10 minutes after sunset.

Wednesday

  • Reflections after Maghrib.

Thursday

  • Nashia presentation after Maghrib.

Friday

  • Khutbah, a Friday sermon, with Ossama Bahloul.
  • "Gift of Difficulties," talk by Ossama Bahloul

Sept. 21

  • Food packaging, 1:45 p.m. after Dhuhr prayer at the Islamic center, with Ossama Bahloul, Jamal Badawi and Interfaith Group.
  • Closing banquet, 6 p.m. in Stotler Lounge in Memorial Union, featuring keynote speaker Jamal Badawi. Register on the website.

A full schedule of events is available on the Islamic center's website.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.


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