'Breaking naan:' Great Muslim Food Fest encourages community to learn about Islam

Columbias Great Muslim Food Festival'Breaking naan:' Great Muslim Food Fest encourages community to learn about Islam

The response: Wa Alaikum Assalam. And may peace be with you too.

The common greeting between Muslims transcends language, Adam Mefrakis said. Even for non-Arabic speaking Muslims, the greeting still stands.

The Islamic Center of Central Missouri, Mefrakis said, is "almost like a melting pot." An MU graduate and Columbia native, his father is from Libya, his mother from Missouri.

The people who attend aren't just one large synonymous ethnic group, Mefrakis said,"it's a mix. It shows that Columbia has a lot of diversity."

At the Great Muslim Food Fest on Sunday afternoon, Mefrakis gave a tour of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri and spoke about common misconceptions about Islam.


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