On a chilly and dreary fall afternoon, the jazz-infused sounds of old-school hip-hop echoed through the parking lot of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, which had been transformed into a farmer's market.

As residents milled around, checking out the bundles of kale, Swiss chard and bottles of locally produced olive oil, Rami Nashashibi walked through, stopping every few paces to greet and talk to shoppers and workers.

For more than 20 years, Nashashibi has called a gritty corridor on West 63rd Street in the Chicago Lawn community his home base, and it's been the place where he has worked to put his faith into practice.

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