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Thirteen-year-old Fadel Hasan has memorized the entire roster of his favorite football team, the Minnesota Vikings. He usually has an opinion about draft picks and trades that he doesn't hesitate to share, his dad says.

Now, the youngster is using his memorization skills to learn and recite every word of the Qur'an, the Muslim holy book.

He is one of a dozen Muslim boys who have left conventional junior and senior high schools for a period of time to attend the intensive Qur'an school Darul Arqam Center For Excellence in Blaine.


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