Islamic Center welcomed to Brooklyn Park
August 6, 2018 05:30 PM
Brooklyn Park Islamic Center
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Nausheena Hussain has been living in Brooklyn Park for 16 years, and now with a new Islamic Center she feels Brooklyn Park is truly her home. During an open house for the Brooklyn Park Islamic Center (BPIC) at 2100 93rd Way, Hussain said, “now Brooklyn Park is even more my city.”
Hussain is one of the leaders of the BPIC which used to hold worship services at the Community Activity Center. BPIC members saved money to purchase and renovate a building once used as a daycare center.
Earlier this year members of the BPIC invited neighbors and community members to visit the new center. Members of the BPIC commented that reaching out to neighbors is part of their faith. As was documented in Islamic sacred teaching notes, Allah’s Messenger said, “The best of companions with Allah is the one who is best to his companion, and the best of neighbors with Him is the one who is best to his neighbor.”
Hussain said the open house was just the beginning of their outreach to the community. During Ramadan, a holy month in Islam religion, they invited non-members to join them for an iftar, a meal Muslims eat after sunset. They hope to invite neighbors and the community to future events at the BPIC and engage the community in conversations about different religions.
Having a permanent place to gather, a place to practice and share their faith in Brooklyn Park is important to the members of BPIC, said Hussain. “Many people were traveling to mosques in Fridley, Columbia Heights or in other cities to pray.”
Currently, the primary use of the building will be for daily prayers. Muslims are called to pray five times a day and while they don’t have to pray in a mosque every time, it is preferred. Prayer times correspond to dawn, sunrise, noon, afternoon and sunset. Actual prayer times can vary depending on the time of year, with the “congregational prayer” or salaat al-jumu’ah held on Friday’s at 1 p.m.
Currently the center is staffed with volunteers. Hussain said they plan to raise more money so they may add paid staff.
Embracing differences is part of the Brooklyn Park 2025 vision; a vision developed by the community. The vision states Brooklyn Park will be “A united and welcoming community, strengthened by our diversity.” Some of the ways the city identified what that looks like include:
Connecting neighbors who understand and celebrate our unique cultures.
Having places and spaces for diverse communities to gather.
For more information about the Brooklyn Park Islamic Center visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/bpicmn/.