Sitting on a red and green carpet inside a mosque in a suburb of Washington, Nabill Abdulle describes an invisible force. You can't see it, he says, but "it's there."

Islamophobia haunts the Muslims of Lanham, Maryland -- 30 minutes north of the US capital -- as the country's divisive election campaign fuels fears already heightened by Islamic State group attacks in Brussels and Paris.

So hopes are riding high on the inauguration of the town's new Islamic center, and its ability to help win over Americans' trust.

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