Sacred Spaces: Five Places of Worship in Charlotte
Congregations of all faiths across Charlotte have one thing in common: neighbors helping neighbors. See what faith in action looks like for each of these communities
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Place of Worship: Islamic Center of Charlotte
Members of the Islamic Center of Charlotte, one of the city’s largest and most influential mosques, often feed the homeless uptown and raise money for relief efforts after disasters like Hurricane Florence last year. Its most consistent outreach program involves open houses, when students and neighbors are welcomed to the center’s east Charlotte campus to meet members and ask questions. They also extend invitations to non-Muslims to share the iftar meals that break Muslims’ daytime fasts during the holy month of Ramadan. “Our religion is very open. We are not isolated,” says Sheikh Bassam Obeid, one of the ICC’s two imams. “When someone wants to know about Islam, we welcome them.” —G.L.