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In Gratitude to Our Christian Neighbors

By Mustafa Siddiqui, Engage Minnesota

In the spirit of the Holidays, the Muslim Community of Islamic Center of Minnesota in Columbia Heights, would like to thank it’s neighbors for being “Good Neighbors” for the past 40+ years.

Our congregation members and their families will be out “Door to Door” to meet and greet their neighbors and pass out prepackaged Gift Baskets to their immediate neighbors surrounding our Abukhadra Masjid mosque.

We will also deliver similar packages to the following: First Lutheran Church of Columbia Heights, City of Columbia Heights, Columbia Heights Police Department, and Columbia Heights Fire Department.

The neighbor holds a special status in Islam. Islam encourages Muslims to treat their neighbors in a gentle way that reflects the true and genuine spirit of Islam as exemplified in its tolerant aspect especially with people of other faiths.

It makes no difference whether the neighbors are Muslim or non-Muslim.

Ayesha, the Mother of the Believers, stated that she once asked Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), “O Messenger of Allah! I have two neighbors. To whom shall I send my gifts?” Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “To the one whose gate is nearer to you.”

It is clear from the above Prophetic Hadith that Muslims are encouraged to not only treat our neighbors kindly, but also to exchange gifts with them. The wording of the Hadith does not indicate whether the one with whom we exchange gifts is a Muslim or not.

WHAT: Celebrate Christmas Holidays With Neighbors
WHEN: Sunday, December 20th. 2015 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: 4056 7th. St. NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421
CONTACT: Mustafa Siddiqui, Chairman, Islamic Center of Minnesota
PHONE: 612-605-9797

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