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Islamic Society of Boston center names new imam
by Lisa Wangsness
The new imam of the largest mosque in New England is a young cleric from New Jersey who dabbled in the corporate world before throwing himself into a life of religious study and leadership.
In Shaykh Yasir F. Fahmy, who was born and raised in Clifton, N.J., leaders of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center said they found someone who would help Muslims in the city balance religious commitment and American cultural belonging.
"He has the ability and potential to really articulate the vision of Islam in America in a way that authentically engages the tradition, yet at the same time meaningfully engages the cultural realities of life in Boston and America," said Yusufi Vali, the executive director of the mosque, which is in Roxbury.
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