Open house at mosque to feature talk on defeating ‘Islamaphobia’

Dr. Mohammad Tabbah delivers a discourse in the new mosque in Orono that was completed in January 2010. The mosque held its first open house in March 2010.
Dr. Mohammad Tabbah delivers a discourse in the new mosque in Orono that was completed in January 2010. The mosque held its first open house in March 2010.
Posted Jan. 28, 2011, at 12:29 a.m.

ORONO, Maine — The Islamic Center of Maine, 151 Park St., will hold its second annual open house at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.

The event will include a discussion titled “Defeating Islamaphobia Through Understanding.”

Visitors are asked to observe the following mosque etiquette:

  • Remove footwear upon entering the building.
  • Bring no food or drink into the prayer hall.
  • Place cell phone ringers on silent.
  • Both men and women should wear modest, nonrevealing clothing.
  • Avoid handshakes or physical contact with the opposite gender.

The open house is part of the mosque’s community outreach efforts, according to Jenan Jondy, outreach coordinator for the center. As interest in learning about Islam has increased, so have education efforts by the Muslims living in Greater Bangor, she said.

The center’s current building was completed a year ago. The 5,600-square-foot center was constructed at a cost of $750,000 behind the first mosque built in the Bangor area — a 1,680-square-foot, double-wide prefabricated building, completed in January 2002 at a cost of $125,000.

Muslims this year are taking part in an average of three outreach events a week — some with local church groups, others with health care organizations, Jondy said earlier this month.

An estimated 150 Muslims, including foreign students studying at the University of Maine, live in northern and eastern Maine, Dr. Mohammad Tabbah, chairman of the center’s board of trustees, said when the new building opened in January 2010.

That is a very small percentage of the 2.6 million Muslim adults and children living in the United States in 2010, according to figures released earlier this week in a report on global Muslim population by the Pew Forum on Religions and Public Life. That number is projected to double to 6.2 million in 2030.

For more information on the open house at the Islamic Center of Maine, call 866-3410 or visit http://www.theicmo.com.

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