via KELOLAND.com | SF Muslim Community Looks For New Home. h/t BNI
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Dr. Hesham Elgouhari’s career brought him to Sioux Falls.
“I came from Cleveland Clinic, where we have bigger communities, Muslim communities, community centers, big mosques, Islamic schools, and so forth,” the president of the board of the Muslims Community Center of South Dakota said.
His faith helps keep him in Sioux Falls.
“So to have those people coming to Sioux Falls and not to see something similar or at least trying to provide some of those services that they got in those big communities, it might not be the best environment for them to stay, socially, religiously-wise,” Elgouhari said.
Elgouhari estimates that around four or five thousand Muslim people live in Sioux Falls, with a few hundred more scattered across the state. In Sioux Falls, they worship at two different mosques.
The Muslims Community Center currently meets in a rented space. Its members are looking for their own larger, permanent home to serve the growing Muslim community.
“We are dreaming to have a permanent community center because the taste that we have been having over the last four, five years since we opened this community center temporarily, is just very delicious, very beautiful, very fruitful,” Elgouhari said.
Dr. Mumtaz Niazi is the general secretary of the community center. He believes the people of the local Muslim community are increasingly well-connected.
“You need a place where you can communicate there, your families can come, your kids can come, and they can stay as long as they want and they can pray, they can have fun, they can play around,” Niazi said.
Fatima Mohamed teaches Sunday school at the center. She hopes to help her students maintain their culture.
“I need them to keep that because, some people they come here, and they lost their culture,” she said. “And I want them to keep it.”
“We like this place, it’s safe, it’s nice, it’s good and [we] want [to] stay,” Elgouhari said.
And staying includes maintaining that link to their religion.
“We have to do everything we can to retain us and our families in this town,” Elgouhari said.
No one knows when the new center will open or where it will be. One thing the leadership of the Muslims Community Center does know is that the new facility will be inclusive, and work to fight against misconceptions of the faith.
“I think the perception of the Islam which is currently going on through the media, I will say particularly, is not true reflection,” Niazi said. “It’s the name, religion, is peace.”
He’s lying already. Islam does not mean peace. It means submission. Submission to the will of allah. The blatant dishonesty should make all South Dakaton’s wary about anything and everything this deceptive individual spews.
As we’ve noted previously, Islam’s deadly affects have already been felt in Sioux Falls: South Dakota: Muslim refugee gets life sentence for sex trafficking of teen girls – ran a sex trafficking “house of horror” – including sex trafficking by force and sex trafficking of a child.
And Terror-linked CAIR has tried to shake down South Dakota Dept of Public Safety.
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