Bosniaks Coming Together Under One Roof

October 9, 2007

Author: Janet I. Tu

Source: The Seattle Times

On Friday afternoons, the imam leads prayers for some 20 people in the family room of his Shoreline house. But it is in the cavernous hole in his backyard that he sees the future of his scattered community.

Here, Imam Abdulah Polovina and other Muslims from Bosnia plan to build a roughly 4,500-square-foot cultural center they hope will help preserve their religion, culture and identity. "Bosnia is a small country, and now the Bosnian people are scattered [around the world]," said Hatidza Polovina, the imam's wife. "If they scatter, they assimilate, lose the language and the culture and the religion."