Islamic center to host picnic

The Islamic Khatme Nubuwwat Center in Front Royal will be hosting its second community picnic for neighbors and community members on Saturday.

Ahmed Moustafa, president of the congregation, said this will be the second year the center has hosted the casual get-together at its location at 1602 Strasburg Road in Front Royal.

“All of our events are open to the public,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of success with our open houses … we’ve got a great and positive response from the community.”

The center’s open house event is meant for non-Muslim neighbors to ask questions and learn more about what the center is doing. Moustafa said Saturday’s picnic is simply a social gathering, with plenty of food and kids’ activities, but visitors would still be able to ask any questions.

“There is a lot of misconception about the religion and we try to clarify the point of views of mainstream Islam,” he said.

Moustafa said around 10 to 12 people regularly come to the center’s Friday afternoon service. He said the center will likely try to increase the frequency of community events like the picnic so that there’ll be more chances for people to attend.

“We are very happy for the response of our neighbors,” he said. “I tell our people that are excited to come and join us, and of course we are happy to see our neighbors come and enjoy the events with us.”

IF YOU GO: The community picnic and fun day will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Khatme Nubuwwat Center, 1602 Strasburg Road in Front Royal. Admission is $10 per person, with children 4 years old and younger admitted free.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com.