Thousands turn out for Tri-Faith mosque open house

poster-f3054c23885b4c708e38632dc13ca3f9-1499616240Chatter 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.

“I think Omaha is the perfect place for this wonderful curious community to hold those conversations,” Tracey Holdorson said.

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.

FULL ARTICLE FROM KETV (OMAHA, NEBRASKA)

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Jews, Christians and Muslims make holy ground in America’s heartland

170616134549-03-tri-faith-initiative-exlarge-169Omaha, Nebraska (CNN) When most people think of Omaha, they imagine sizzling steaks, billionaire Warren Buffet or even former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning calling out before the snap. (Remember “Omaha-Omaha”?).

But if a group of clergymen have their way, Nebraska’s largest city will soon also be known as the home of interfaith dialogue and peacebuilding.

A rabbi, a reverend and an imam (no, it’s not a setup joke) are partners in a decadelong quest to bring together the three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — to share and worship on the same property.

It’s called Tri-Faith Initiative.

The $65 million project, launched in 2006 and funded through donations, may be the first time in US history that the three faiths intentionally build their houses of worship side by side.

FULL ARTICLE FROM CNN