MEMPHIS – In an effort to draw awareness to the true teachings of Islam, the initiative themed “Muslims in Memphis Month” kicked off in several mosques in Memphis on Saturday, March 3, dedicating the month of March for that purpose.
“We are misrepresented, and we just basically want everyone in the area to know that we have nothing that we are ashamed of,” said Angela Odeh, Coordinator of the Muslims in Memphis, Local Memphis reported.
“We want to welcome them to our houses of worship.”
Launched on Saturday, the month-long celebration will include open house events at local mosques around the area.
In its 16th year, the organization “Muslims in Memphis” said the event aims to promote understanding and opportunities for fellowship with people of the Muslim faith.
On Tuesday, the group will host an Islamic art presentation and exhibit at the Cordova library from 5 to 7 p.m.
Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton made the “Muslims in Memphis” designation in 2001.