Groundbreaking Ceremony for Islamic Center for Nation's Largest Bosnian Community

CAIR-logo(SAINT LOUIS, MO, 11/5/13) -- On Saturday, November 9, the St. Louis Islamic Center Nur (STLICN), the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) and the Bosnian community will gather for the ground breaking ceremony for a new Islamic center for the city's 77,000 Bosnians.

WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony for St. Louis Islamic Center, Masjid Nur
WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 9528 Reavis Barracks Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123
CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, [email protected]; Imam Ahmed Serdarevic, 314-327-7814, [email protected]

St. Louis is home to one of the world’s largest Bosnian community outside of Bosnia. Refugees began arriving in the city in the mid to late 1990s, fleeing genocide in their home country. According to the International Institute there are roughly 77,000 Bosnian Muslims living in St. Louis.

There is a real and urgent need for more institutions such as this Islamic center to serve the needs of the Bosnian Muslim community.

“Our mosque will be a place for prayer, community activities, interfaith dialogue, and assisting those in need,” said Imam Ahmed Serdarovic. “The Mosque will not only include a school but a café, senior citizens meeting point, provide social services, incorporate a wedding venue, and commemorate our Bosnian heritage.”

“We’re happy to see the growth and development of the St. Louis Bosnian community,” said Faizan Syed executive director of CAIR-St. Louis. “Initially, immigrant communities focus on finding jobs and adjusting to their new environment. With time, they build institutions like the Islamic Center to preserve their heritage and faith.”

Speakers for the groundbreaking ceremony include:

  • Senator Jamilah Nasheed
  • Councilman Steve Stenger
  • Imam Ahmed Serdarevic
  • Alija Dzekic, President of the St. Louis Islamic Center, Nur

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-330-2946, [email protected]; Ahmed Serdarevic, 314-327-7814, [email protected]