Islamic Day set in Ohio

Staff report

Major cities in the Buckeye State celebrate Islamic Day in Ohio on the second weekend in October.

In 1987, then-Gov. Richard Celeste designated the second Saturday in October as Islamic Day as recognition of the growing Muslim community and its contributions to the State of Ohio.

The Islamic Council of Ohio, or ICO, is an umbrella organization of most Islamic Centers with delegates in the major cities in the state. The ICO will celebrate the 25th Islamic Day in Ohio at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium next Saturday.

The theme this year is “Ohio Muslims for a Just and Prosperous America.” Keynote speaker will be Saeed Khan, lecturer in the Department of Near East and Asian Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Celebrating the Islamic Day in Ohio, Islamic Centers in major cities usually open their doors for the public to visit and tour and learn about the Islamic faith.

In the Mahoning Valley, the Islamic Center of Greater Youngstown will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Masjid Al-Khair, 1670 Homewood Ave., Youngstown. (The mosque is accessible from I-680 Indianola Avenue/Shirley Road Exit.)

Tours of the center will be conducted during this time. There also will be an ethnic foods sale and free blood-pressure screening. Traditional handicrafts, jewelry and clothes will be displayed.

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