New leader for growing Ohio Muslim community

CINCINNATI (AP) — Among the tasks ahead for the new leader of a large and growing Islamic Center in southwest Ohio is increasing understanding of Muslims.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1iWqoDT) reports that Shakila Ahmad becomes the first woman to hold the role of president in the 18-year history of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. She got involved early at the center, offering to arrange tours.

Nearly two decades later, she says education and promoting inclusiveness remain important because despite progress, much work needs to be done. She wants non-Muslims to realize that they have more in common than differences with Muslim Americans. She says Muslims still face harassment and social isolation.

The mosque has up to 3,000 Muslims involved on holy days, and there are an estimated 25,000 Muslims in the region.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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