Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Change Pledged for Muslim Community

On April 29, the Hudson Islamic Center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony and celebration for its new mosque to be constructed at the corner of Second and Columbia streets. Only the men of the Bangladeshi community were represented at that event. The women had been explicitly asked to stay home.

The gender exclusive nature of the event brought criticism from a female member of the Muslim community, Jabin Ahmed Ruhii, president and co-founder of Hudson Muslim Youth. Today, Amanda Purcell reports in the Register-Star that the Hudson Islamic Center, which its critic had characterized as "a social center for Bangladeshi men ages +40," has pledged to mend its ways: "Islamic Center to encourage women to hold leadership positions."

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