Every year, as Muslims in America are compelled to engage in business, work and shopping during the holidays, many find themselves away from mosques and other places where they can hold prayers without interruption. They are forced to seek privacy in corners and alleyways, places that often subject them to unwanted attention. Some Muslims also worry that their repetitive calls of "Allah akbar!" (God is great!) during prayers could be misconstrued as calls for Jihad.
"Of course, out curiosity people will stare at you but don't say anything," said Shuuriye Ali. "I wish they would ask. I would love to educate them about my peaceful religion."
This year Muslim leaders from the Twin Cities area were able to persuade MOA, the largest enclosed mall in the United States, to set aside a room for prayers.