Old North Dayton celebrates opening of Ahiska Turkish mosque

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Old North Dayton’s Ahiska Turkish mosque Sunday afternoon celebrated its grand opening.

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The event at the Osman Gazi Mosque, at 1508 Valley St., was open to the entire community, and featured dignitaries from across the globe.

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Retired Imam Celal Shahin stands inside the Osman Gazi mosque at 1508 Valley St.

Credit: CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Retired Imam Celal Shahin stands inside the Osman Gazi mosque at 1508 Valley St.
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Retired Imam Celal Shahin stands inside the Osman Gazi mosque at 1508 Valley St.

Credit: CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Credit: CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Celebrations included a picnic in a park owned by the mosque and a prayer service.

The Dayton area has a growing community of more than 1,000 Ashiska Turkish families, according to estimates.

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