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With more than 40 mosques, a private Islamic school and community centers scattered across the Twin Cities, a robust Islamic community can be found in every corner of the metro.

The Twin Cities are home to more than 40 mosques, including the Islamic Center of Minnesota. The rapidly growing center was established in 1969 by a group of Muslim students. Services at the Fridley location include counseling, language classes, a food shelf, youth services, a clinic and even financial assistance. It also houses Al-Amal, a private Islamic school for students preK-12. In addition, the center has a site in Columbia Heights called Abu Khadra Masjid where Halaqas, or lectures, and daily prayers are held. The Islamic Institute of Minnesota is a religious nonprofit that supports the Muslim community in the area. Burnsville Mosque and the Garden of Eden Islamic Cemetery, also located in Burnsville, both operate under the umbrella of the organization. Community centers like the Islamic Cultural Community Center pepper the Twin Cities. Programs at the Islamic Cultural Community Center include a youth program, Quran memorization and Arabic education classes, and men’s, women’s and children’s Halaqas.

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