Plano Texas Ismaili Jamatkhana Opens its Doors to the wider Community

Mayor of Plano, Henry LaRosiliere, addressing the visitors at the Plano Jamatkhana Open House. THE.ISMAILI/COUNCIL FOR CENTRAL UNITED STATES

The Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano hosted an interfaith event, where people of all religions were invited to learn more about the Ismaili Muslim community to bridge the gap with the greater Plano community.

Tina Ali Mohammad, Choir Director, applied the idea of belonging, to the musical performance by creating a multilingual, multicultural medley filled with phrases of geets in Sanskrit and portions of “Amazing Grace.” While heightened social tensions may lead some to downplay the role their faith, Ali Mohammad said she took this open house as an opportunity to express the pride she feels as an American Muslim. “There was a lot of pressure to conform and kind of downplay our culture and our background. I felt like I wanted to tell everybody –– and especially the Choir –– that it’s OK to be Muslim,” she said.

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