Located on the outskirts of Houston, Texas, Centro Islámico is a mosque unlike any others in the United States. Thanks to its largely Latino congregation, services at the mosque are conducted in Spanish. As the Los Angeles Times points out, both Muslims and Latinos have faced harsh political and religious scrutiny in the past, and this is why Houston’s Latino Muslim community has only further embraced their faith. Members of the mosque share stories about receiving the “stink-eye” from strangers, and they share their fears of the future. But they also turn to their faith to find the positive, seeing the negatives they face today as a chance to thrive.
As Bolivian Susan Barrientos told the Los Angeles Times, “For us, I think it’s helpful because it really changes your behavior in public because you want to represent Islam in the most positive way.”
The Los Angeles Times has just written an article that really captures both the highs and lows the members of Centro Islámico have faced since President Trump has come into office. As bad as it is today, they remember, it has been worse in the past.
Watch our mini-doc on Centro Islámico:
This is what it is like to be Muslim and Latino.
Posted by We are mitú on Friday, July 1, 2016