Chatter of excited conversations filled the American Muslim Institute Sunday afternoon.
Almost 3,000 people toured Omaha’s new mosque and cultural center during an open house.
“To have this turn out is just amazing,” Hesham Basma said. He is on the board of the American Muslim Institute.
Organizers were expected about 800 people to visit during the two hour period. Three times as many came to say hello.
Barefoot Christians and Jews spoke with the mosque’s Imam, a muslim leader in the prayer room.
“We wanted to take the opportunity to share our organization with the community at large. It’s important to tell our community what is here and what we have to offer,” Karim Khayati, Vice President of American Muslim Institute.
“This speaks to the quality of people we have in Nebraska and the Midwest,” Khayati said.