Community reaction

Shahnaz Talukder prepares for prayer at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri on Friday.
Muslim women grapple with spotlight after 9/11

Shahnaz Talukder, a Muslim woman working at an architecture firm, said she has never experienced any racial profiling or prejudice since she moved to Columbia from Bangladesh six years ago. She doesn’t cover her face or head on a daily basis. Rather, she wears pants and shirts to the office and in public. But when she goes to the mosque, she strictly follows the dress code and wears the hijab. She hasn’t had any bad experiences while wearing it in public, she said.

Mosque expansion would accommodate growing community
Riverdale Country School/New York, Ny.

For Rashed Nizam, it’s been a long wait.Nizam, chairman of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, said he has seen the mosque’s congregation expand in the past 10 years, and plans are finally underway to expand the facility at 201 S. Fifth St.

Perils of growing up Muslim continue long after 9/11
McCluer North High School/Florissant, Mo.

COLUMBIA — When his friends jokingly call him a terrorist, Omar Taranissi doesn’t take offense.

Facts about Islam
Rock Bridge High School/Columbia, Mo.

The tenets and customs of Islam discussed.

Muslims try to educate others about their religion following 9/11
Trinity Catholic High School/St. Louis, Mo.

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists — all Muslim — piloted airliners into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, caused many Americans to link Islam to terrorism. In the decade since, the Muslim community has found itself educating the public about its faith.