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Being Muslim in Minnesota: Prayer -- and controversy -- at work
by Mukhtar Ibrahim
Mohamednour Aded was ecstatic when he landed his first job in the U.S., just a week after arriving in St. Cloud. But he never imagined he would end up hiding in a bathroom to observe his daily prayers.
For nine months, Aded said, he put in more than 60 hours a week at Long Prairie Packing Co., a beef processing plant in central Minnesota owned by American Foods Group. He cut cows into halves and sliced bones into smaller parts.
As a practicing Muslim, Aded, 38, is strict about observing the five daily prayers required in Islam. The prayers are spread throughout the day and take about five to 10 minutes.
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