Muslims stand for peace, leader asserts at mosque open house today

Muslims stand for peace, leader asserts at mosque open house today


Randa Shabayek wants to reinforce that the vast majority of Muslims stand for peace and should not be judged by the few who distort and misinterpret the Quran’s teachings.

“We’re all brothers and sisters,” Shabayek, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Youngstown, said in expressing a main theme of today’s fifth annual open house at the Masjid Al-Khair mosque, 1670 Homewood Ave. on the South Side.

The four-hour gathering, which continues until 3 p.m. today, features tours of the mosque, as well as a variety of ethnic foods, clothing, books and pamphlets on the Islamic faith and activities for children.

Filling the mosque’s basement were the aromas of samosas (triangular-shaped pastries filled with potato or ground beef) and chicken biryani (a rice-and-chicken dish), both prepared by Saeeda Ghani, an Islamic Society board member.

The two ethnic dishes, along with bhel puri (tortillas with chicken peas, yogurt or chutney that can be complemented with spices) and chanas (spicy chick peas), originate in Pakistan, she explained.

Other foods included pickled tomatoes, hummus, grape leaves and spinach pies.

On the sweeter side of things was cotton candy prepared by Manal Hamdan, a society member.

Ghani said she also hopes more people will come to events such as today’s open house to gain a greater understanding of the Islamic faith.

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