Early on a Friday afternoon, hundreds of people flock to Elston Avenue on this city's northwest side as the Islamic call to prayer resounds in the air.

This section of North Elston lies in the 40th District of the Illinois General Assembly and is one of the state's most ethnically diverse areas. The district is home to three mosques.

One, on Elston, is the Muslim Community Center, or MCC, where Saif Mazhar works and prays.

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