“Welcome” in Arabic

Islam will be in the spotlight November 19, at an open house for the new Islamic center from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Area Muslims are inviting the general public to meet their Muslim neighbors. 

The event will be at the former Pelican Rapids bowling center, north of town, on County Road 9.

The Islamic Societies of Pelican Rapids and regionally have been working on the interior of the building for more than five years—and are now ready to open the doors. 

Tours of the mosque will be hosted, ethnic food will be served, and there will be demonstrations of Arabic calligraphy and henna design. 

Programs will include “Myth vs. fact: What is Islam?” and “What do Muslims Believe?”

The future of the center was clouded when it was discovered that the formal non-profit process had not been completed. Consequently, the Islamic group owed about $15,000 in unpaid taxes. The state briefly assumed ownership of the building, but the Otter Tail County auditor’s office, in collaboration with the state, resolved the matter, and the building was returned to the Islamic organizations.

With the Islamic project back on track, the decision to host an open house was made—and the public is invited Nov. 19.

Work on the interior of the building has been ongoing for several years. The exterior remains rough, but will be revived in the spring of 2023.