TOP: Women remove their shoes as they arrive at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York in Stamford to participate in afternoon prayer. ABOVE: Ismael El Nahas, 3 of Stamford, watches as a group of men participate in afternoon prayer.
The assignment Elizabeth Kim and I took on today was timely given the recent debate over the possibility of an Islamic center near ground zero. The Stamford center, which was founded in 1982, has undergone a complete renovation and can now accomodate up to 300 people. The mosque offers weekly Friday prayers at 1:30 PM and other community activities. Look for Elizabeth’s story on the center’s growing community in Saturday’s Advocate.