Tecklenburg joins other members of community at mosque open house

Mayor-elect John Tecklenburg was among the 150 visitors and congregants at the Central Mosque of Charleston’s recent open house. 

       Mayor-elect Tecklenburg with Central Mosque of Charleston's President Shahid Husain. 

       Mayor-elect Tecklenburg with Central Mosque of Charleston's President Shahid Husain. 

“Charleston has a a history of tolerance,” Tecklenburg told the group. “But we need to go the next step and ask, 'How are we going to go forward – beyond tolerance to social justice?'”

The Central Mosque is located at 1082 King St.

Tecklenburg, accompanied by his wife, Sandy, greeted visitors and congregants, including Shahid Husain, President of the mosque, posed for pictures and sampled the extensive buffet. 

 Mayor-elect Tecklenburg, third from left, with Central Mosque members, starting from far left, Amer Mahmood, businessman; congregation President Husain, associate professor in the ophthamology department at MUSC; Dr. Ahsan Khan, of the Veterans Administration; Dr. Abid Irshad, professor of radiology and radiological science at MUSC; Walid Ismail, Realtor; and Kamil Mohamed, businessman.  

 Mayor-elect Tecklenburg, third from left, with Central Mosque members, starting from far left, Amer Mahmood, businessman; congregation President Husain, associate professor in the ophthamology department at MUSC; Dr. Ahsan Khan, of the Veterans Administration; Dr. Abid Irshad, professor of radiology and radiological science at MUSC; Walid Ismail, Realtor; and Kamil Mohamed, businessman.

 

“We wouldn’t miss this,” said Mrs. Tecklenburg, who returned to Charleston with her husband after their trip to Cambridge, Mass., where the Mayor-elect participated in a “Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors of Large Cities,” co-sponsored by the Harvard Institute of Politics and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

Tecklenburg will be sworn in on Monday, Jan. 11, in a program that will begin at 11 a.m. on the steps of City Hall.

TOM GRUBISICH