Growing Muslim Community in Southside, Georgia

December 29, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On December 29, 2002 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "when Soumaya Khalifa and her husband, Mohamed, moved to Peachtree City 15 years ago, they joined a small group of Muslims on Atlanta's Southside... Today, the Khalifas are part of an emerging Islamic community that has gradually helped diversify metro Atlanta's Southside -- Fayette, Coweta, Clayton, Spalding and Henry counties... Soumaya Khalifa is head of the Islamic Speakers Bureau in Atlanta, which she and other area Muslims founded in 2001... The Muslim Community Center in Fayetteville has become the focal point of Southside activity for Muslims who don't want to drive into Atlanta to attend a mosque... There has been some Southside resistance... The Rev. Bob Hudak's church -- the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fayetteville -- hosted a joint service with area Muslims to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but some of his members refused to attend... Several months ago, Fayetteville was abuzz after a local newspaper published a letter to the editor that was critical of Muslims."

See also: Islam, Civic