CINCINNATI — Redmond, Ohio’s newest mosque, which opened in March, said it’s “not looking” at Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, as it faces criticism over its “Muslim” community.
The mosque opened its doors in February and has since welcomed more than a dozen new Muslims, including a mosque member who said he had attended a prayer meeting with Trump.
Redmond’s mayor, Jim O’Connor, said the mosque has seen an uptick in calls about the candidate and is in the process of identifying additional speakers to address the issue.
“There has been an uptick of calls from the community about whether they’re going to welcome us in and be welcoming to Muslims,” O’Donnell told the Associated Press news agency.
“They have concerns, and we are working on those,” he said.
“It’s an open question.”
O’Connor said that he does not know when the mosque will be able to host its first-ever worship service, which it was originally slated to hold in April.
“We have to figure out what to do, and it’s going to take some time,” he added.