Mosques in the Midwest U.S. state of Minnesota are urging worshipers and people of color to vote in Tuesday's midterm election.
In the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis, Sheikh Abdirahman Sharif, the imam of Dar Al-Hijra Islamic center, focused his Friday sermon on voting.
"The topic was encouraging people to vote and also to understand, especially the people of color, the Somalis and East Africans to know and understand the long history of the barrel of voting rights and my topic was today the importance of voting," he explained.
Getting out the vote
Sharif is among faith leaders in Minnesota who are using sermons to get people to the polls. He said emphasizing voting participation fits with the general concept of the mosques.