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    OH: MOSQUE IS MUSLIM MELTING POT Robert L. Smith, Plain Dealer, 10/18/05
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      OH: MOSQUE IS MUSLIM MELTING POT
      Robert L. Smith, Plain Dealer, 10/18/05
      http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1129627918325450.xml&coll=2

      Stepping into a mosque fashioned from a house on Cleveland's West
      Side, Ali Omar slips off his shoes and greets Vasil Lamidze with the
      familiar Arabic salutation, "As-salaam alaykum" - peace be with you.

      The tall man smiles and replies, "Wa alaykum as-salaam" - and peace to
      you as well.

      After that, conversation gets complicated.

      For a Somali Bantu like Omar to talk with Lamidze, a Turk from Russia,
      an Afghan-American boy of 12 is brought forward. He translates the
      Bantu's halting English into Persian for his uncle, Hafizullah
      Solemonshah, who speaks Russian to the Turks.

      The conversation then reverses, flowing from Russian to Persian to
      English, with side discussions in Pashto. Questions wait long minutes
      for answers, but there is no other way.

      At a fledgling multiethnic mosque in Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway
      neighborhood, members share only their faith. That, and a dream.

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