Meet the Abu Huraira Islamic Center

Front row (left to right): Nur Ahmed, Sh. Abdirahman Omar, and Sh. Ahmed Burale. Behind them are Attorney Nikki Carlson and Sh. Abdirashid Tuure. Sh. stands for Sheik, a term for Muslim leaders and clerics. (Matt Grimley)

With a box of Little Caesar’s pizza and a chai tea, Abdirahman Omar sits down at a long table inside the building at 3055 Old Highway 8 in St. Anthony.


A Free Press Would Publish the Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

Mass murder against journalists and cartoonists for the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo must be a challenge for stronger support of freedom of the p

Four popes and fourteen presidents*

Those who visit the content of this page frequently come to realize that two of my interests are my Church, the Roman Catholic, and politics as practiced in our American society.


Rethinking Hanukkah traditions, or why I'm not buying Mensch on a Bench'

Every year at this season, the Jewish community reignites the debate about the extent to which Jews can authentically participate in the holiday season without compromising the true meaning of Chanukah. We look at new traditions and products and ask ourselves: when is it okay to borrow and adapt, and when does a practice cross that highly subjective line of just feeling too much like Christmas?


How local Muslims won the fight to build a worship center in St. Anthony

(MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi) Sheik Abdurahman Haguf, co-founder and leader of Abu Huraira Islamic Center.

In 2009, two mosques in Minneapolis decided to join forces to purchase a space and establish a large Islamic Center in the Twin Cities area in hopes of accommodating Minnesota’s growing Muslim population.


My DIY sufganiyot crawl

Running a Jewish preschool is fun. It often inspires me to take on fun projects. For example, one of my staff was looking at resources for Hanukkah and said “Wait, what do donuts have to do with Hanukkah?”


Hebrew National lawsuit ends

A lawsuit alleging that Hebrew National hot dogs were not made from “100% kosher beef” as advertised has come to an end.


#BlackLivesMatter is a Jewish issue

On November 24th, a grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri announced that they would not indict the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man. Less than a week later, a grand jury in New York decided not to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black man named Eric Garner with an illegal chokehold, in front of witnesses and video cameras. Protests and actions have ensued.TC Jewfolk asked me if I’d like to write something about how we should feel and react as Jews.


ISAIAH asks Sears for better treatment of employees

(Still from video below)

On Saturday, a group organized by ISAIAH gathered in the parking lot of the Sears store in St. Paul on Rice Street, west of the State Capitol complex to seek better working conditions for Sears workers, especially at this holiday season.

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