Somali ‘open mosque’ not only appreciated but necessary

Letter to the editor

The West Bank Community Coalition and Dar Al-Hijrah Cultural Center deserve a big “thank you” for the open house presentations and dinners on April 2 and April 16.

Timing could not have been better. Recent negative news about events in Somalia and the unfortunate killings in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood have frightened many people and cast a dark shadow over our community. The opportunity for non-Muslims and non-Somalis to understand and know our new neighbors better is not only appreciated, but necessary.

Thanks, too, for the Bridging Communities Program of the City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development for its funding.

Cultural and language differences make communication challenging, but Cedar-Riverside has always been a neighborhood filled with cultural differences. Appreciating those differences while focusing on our similarities and the common good will help the neighborhood be home for all.

last revised: April 28, 2009