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Monday, February 27, 2006

Mosque works to better the community


OAKLAND — Every Friday, Ibrahim Talib and his brothers in faith look for a new street corner where they will give out free popcorn and cotton candy.
Their East Oakland neighborhood might be marred by drugs and violence, but the popcorn stand is a streak of optimism in an otherwise bleak neighborhood, they say.

"You might ask, 'What can a bit of free cotton candy and popcorn do?'" said Talib. "In this sea of gloominess, even a little light can serve as a beacon (to) take the darkness away."

For nearly two years, Talib and others have given away the treats, as well as warm meals, as an outreach initiative by the Masjid Al-Islam mosque.

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