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Salam Tucson brings dozens of Tucsonans of diverse faiths, backgrounds together

TUCSON — Dozens of people came together for Salam Tucson at the Islamic Center of Tucson Thursday night.

This gathering highlighted diverse cultures including the religion of Islam and Muslim faith.

“We just want to be part of our community and establish good connections and ties with our neighbors and keep it friendly and civil,” Maria Molina, a spokesman with the Islamic Center said.

This event coming weeks after a few kids playing basketball nearby dumped alcohol on the building and parking lot.

A few years ago, neighbors living at the adjacent apartment complex were kicked out for throwing bottles at the Islamic Center.

Now, the Islamic Center decided to extend an invitation to everyone in an effort to get people of different faiths and backgrounds in one room and talking with each other.

“It’s an open invitation to everybody to come share with us our values and cultures, come check it out,” Tucson resident Ayman Sami said. “The whole purpose of this event is that we can all live together in unison as one community.”

City officials including Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, City Councilman Steve Kozachik and Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus were on hand.

“We find that when we have get-togethers like this, we discover we have far more in common than what separates us,” Magnus said. “And it’s important that we have a chance to talk, build bridges, get together and celebrate what it means to live here in one community from very diverse backgrounds.”

The Islamic Center of Tucson first opened adjacent to the University of Arizona in the early 1990s.

Eric Fink

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