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Columbia mosque to welcome visitors

Oct 1, 2010 7:23:00 AM - thestate.com

In the midst of a vociferous debate over locating a mosque near New York’s Ground Zero and the now de-escalated tensions over the possible burning of a Quran in Florida, one Columbia mosque is offering a day to ponder exactly what’s inside the Islamic holy book.

Saturday, the Islamic Center of Columbia, 1929 Gervais St., is holding a “Share a Quran Day” to educate Columbia’s non-Muslim community about Islam and its sacred scriptures, said Mirza Baig, a member of the mosque.

The 5:30-7:30 p.m. event includes dinner, along with Arabic recitations from the Quran, exhibits on Islam and a display of Oriental rugs and artwork from the Islamic world. Copies of the Quran and an information booklet on Islam also will be available.

Baig said the center sees the event as an opportunity to welcome Columbians into the mosque, also known as Masjid al-Muslimiin, and explain the tenets that guide the faith. The mosque was founded in 1981 and is the spiritual home to about 500 Muslims.

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