islamic center of central missouri

8:31 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Islamic Center celebrates 30th anniversary by feeding the hungry

Worshippers at an Islamic center
Credit File Photo / KBIA

The Islamic Center of Central Missouri celebrated its 30th anniversary Sunday by assembling a group of volunteers and packaging 30,000 meals to feed the hungry in several countries. 

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7:00 am
Sat January 5, 2013

Columbia mosque faces imam shortage and funding challenges

Men kneel in worship as another sings the call to prayer at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri. Even though the mosque does not have an official imam, or prayer leader and scholar, members of the community step up to perform the role, like the call to
Ryan Schuessler, ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Since 2008, the Islamic Center of Central Missouri has been without an imam – a central community leader in Islam. Although Columbia’s Muslim community has found ways to stay active, it is without a formally trained spiritual leader.

Imams lead prayers, serve as religious scholars and assist with weddings and lectures, among other things.

Without an imam, “You won’t have someone who you can ask questions to frequently,” mosque Secretary Rafa Nizam said. “The access to knowledge might not be as easy.”

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8:17 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Mid-MO Muslims condemn violence after film mocks Islamic Prophet

Muslims gather for prayer inside the Islamic Center for Central Missouri on Friday September 14, 2012.
Mikkel Christiensen KBIA

A film mocking the prophet Muhammad has sparked outrage and violent attacks overseas. But many Muslims in mid-Missouri are condemning the violence as well.

Friday prayer in Columbia’s Islamic Center on Fifth Street.  Hundreds of Muslims have gathered to hear the words of their imam.

This is two days after the American ambassador to Libya was killed by angry protesters. They were upset over a movie insulting their prophet, Muhammad.

Chairman of the Islamic Center, Dr. Rashed Nizam, condemns the violent protests and the murders.

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2:32 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Candlelight Vigil calls for peace and unity after 9/11 attacks


Central Missourians gathered outside the Boone County courthouse Tuesday night to remember the thousands of victims who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Mid-Missouri Peaceworks and the Islamic Center of Central Missouri collaborated to put on the event that called for peace and unity. Ruth Schaefer, coordinator of the event, says the candlelight vigil drew about 100 participants, many of whom are involved in local peace organizations.

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