Girl Scout Volunteers Coordinate “Open Houses of Faith” Event

March 29, 2006

Source: The Connection Newspapers

On March 29, 2006 The Connection Newspapers reported, "Girl Scouts Maryan Cattaneo and Hidayah Jaka welcomed members and guests to an Open Houses of Faith event at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Tuesday, March 21. The two girls stood behind a table filled with boxes of cookies and a sign-in sheet. 'This is a way for people to learn more about religion,' Jaka said. Open Houses of Faith, coordinated by Girl Scout volunteers, is an educational program, which began in February to educate the Washington, D.C.,-metropolitan area communities about different faiths and religions practiced here. ADAMS Center executive director Imam Mohamed Magid welcomed guests to the interfaith program. Religious and nonreligious members of the community packed into the auditorium to listen to speakers. Women drew flowers on children’s hands with henna, a temporary ink. ADAMS Center children danced and sang traditional songs... The ADAMS Center is one of the largest Muslim mosques in the Washington, D.C.,-metro area and in the United States, serving more than 5,000 families in a 10-mile radius."