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    KY: BOSNIAN CENTER OPENS MOSQUE Katya Cengel Courier-Journal 9/3/06 http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060903/NEWS01/609030596 Since
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      KY: BOSNIAN CENTER OPENS MOSQUE
      Katya Cengel
      Courier-Journal
      9/3/06
      http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060903/NEWS01/609030596


      Since moving to Louisville seven years ago, Zenita Bekric has visited
      many of her friends' places of worship.

      But until yesterday, Bekric, a 20-year-old Bosnia native, was never
      able to repay the favor. When friends asked where she worships, she
      would reply, "Well, there's this place and that place."

      Now there is Kevser, a house converted into a mosque by the
      Bosniak-American Islamic Center.

      A one-story white vinyl-sided building with a small gray minaret,
      Kevser -- which celebrated its grand opening yesterday -- is somewhere
      that Bosnians and other Muslims can pray, be married and have "a place
      to call their own," Bekric said.

      Since its 2001 inception, the nonprofit Bosniak-American Islamic
      Center has devoted itself to keeping alive the Bosnian language, way
      of life and Islamic religion practiced by some, center president
      Semsudin Haseljic said.

      The center has an imam, Azam Efendira, but until yesterday it had no
      mosque to call its own.

      Kevser -- which means well of good -- began when the center bought a
      home in Buechel for $120,000 and then spent a year and $80,000
      renovating it.

      "It's been a long wait, but it's nice to have a place we can get
      together and let the kids play," said Aldijana Hajric, 25. Hajric said
      the mosque will "bring some tradition in."

      That was made clear yesterday by the traditional Bosnian dishes on the
      picnic tables outside the mosque. Hundreds gathered to celebrate.

      Many of them, like 25-year-old Ahmed Besic, helped in the
      transformation of the house, doing everything from "digging to buying
      stuff."


      Reporter Katya Cengel can be reached at (502) 582-4224.

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