Source: The Enquirer
On November 18, 2005 The Enquirer reported, "When the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati opened in November 1995, 700 to 800 people attended services. Today, holiday prayers at the mosque draw nearly 3,000 people, reflecting the growth in the region's Islamic population, which is estimated to have increased to 25,000 people from 10,000 in the past four years, according to the local Council on American-Islamic Relations. Greater Cincinnati's largest Islamic place of worship will mark its 10th anniversary... with an array of events open to the public this weekend... Since the mosque opened, its board and operators have worked to help Muslims gain broader acceptance. They've held educational forums for the public, including some with the FBI. They've also given countless tours of the mosque to more than 50,000 people to educate the public about Islam. That will continue as the Islamic Center grows, Foad said... To honor those who have helped to foster an interfaith understanding and dialogue, the Islamic Center will honor a number of groups on Saturday during a ceremony called 'Building Bridges'... In addition to Saturday's ceremony, there will be guided tours throughout the weekend as well as cultural displays from Muslim Mothers Against Violence, a book fair with guest authors signing their works, and an interfaith dialogue panel discussion."