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How to spot a mosque in Cleveland

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The neighborhood where the Cleveland Islamic Center is located is mostly white, with a few Latino families living in the area.

But, there are also some white Muslims, Muslims of color, Sikhs, Hindus and people of other faiths.

And some are religious.

So, what makes this neighborhood so different from the rest?

We asked two of those people.

“I’ve lived here my whole life,” said Aysha Farooq, who lives in the neighborhood.

She was born and raised in Cleveland and says it’s not uncommon to see people walking the streets and looking up at the skyscrapers.

“The Muslims, they’re very nice people, very caring people,” Farooqu said.

“They’re very respectful.”

In her opinion, the community is a mix of Muslims and non-Muslims, with people of color coming and going.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work around diversity and inclusion for quite some time,” Faroqu said, adding that the Muslim community in Cleveland is diverse, not just Muslims.

“You have to look at it from the inside,” she said.

We asked Farooque, who is also a former president of the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), about how the mosque community has fared.

“There’s been a lot.

A lot of good things have been happening,” Farouq said.

She added that while the community was not the same before the riots, it is a different place now.

Farooqi is currently president of CAIR’s Cleveland chapter.

“People are just more accepting of each other, just more open to all different types of people,” she explained.

Faroqi said the community has been growing in the last year.

She said that since the riots of November 2016, “there’s been more and more people coming out and showing up.”

And Farooqs mosque is the only one in the city with a fully equipped facility, with food, water and security.

“It’s been great,” Farojq said of her mosque’s progress.

“And it’s been the same for everyone, for the same people, since then.

People have come out and done amazing things.”

Faroozas mosque is open for the worship service and prayers, but she said that during the week she is open during the Ramadan holiday.

“But at night, I’m closed, just for the rest of the day,” she told us.

Farozas mosque will also be closed during Ramadan, and she said she is planning to reopen during the holy month of Ramadan in 2018. 

For Faroozi, Ramadan is an important part of her community.

“Ramadan is one of the most important days of the year for us.

We do our prayers at night and our prayers during the day, and we don’t have any food or any clothes for the day after,” she recalled.

“This is our life.

We’re a Muslim family.

It’s our family.”

As for her own faith, Faroozeas mosque has a large number of Sikhs in the community.

She told us that, as a woman, she is proud of her faith.

“When I first came here I was proud of my faith, because I had never seen a Sikh anywhere else in Cleveland.

I have been to Sikh temples and temples of other religions.

But I never had the opportunity to meet a Sikh in my lifetime,” Faroza said.

While Farozi does not practice Sikhism, she said her family is practicing the religion and they are very welcoming of people of all faiths.

Farzoas mosque offers several services for members of the community, including yoga, meditation and meditation classes.

But it also offers classes for children.

“Our classes are designed to make them more spiritually aware and more aware of the things that are happening around them,” Farazas said.

Farojas mosque also hosts a children’s choir. 

She said she hopes that this is a positive example for others to follow.

“In the future, we will be open for our children to come and join us,” Faraozi said. 

“We’re not looking for any confrontation, but if they come and are respectful, then that’s good,” she added.

“If they do that, that’s the beginning.

And then we can start to build a community around that.”

“People are coming out, they want to see our religion, we want to show them our religion,” Farosab said.

For Farozzi, Ramadan means more than just prayers and community.

It is an opportunity to teach the children about different cultures and religions, and to give them something to learn about the real world. 

In her opinion there are many things that need to change.

“What we have right now is an unsafe and violent environment in our country,” she stated. 

Aya, a student at the Cleveland University, told us she is hopeful that Muslims will continue to come

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