Superior Mayor Hagen to Meet with Twin Ports Muslims

Heidi Enninga
Updated: 12/29/2015 8:54 PM
Created: 12/29/2015 4:10 PM

Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen has accepted an invitation to meet with members of the Twin Ports Muslim community.

The Islamic Center of the Twin Ports (ICTP) planned the event in response to a controversial Facebook comment in which the mayor called the president a Muslim who is "destroying the fabric of democracy."

Mayor Hagen told Eyewitness News that he is cutting his holiday vacation short and flying in for the community meal planned for Saturday.

Ibrahim Al-Qudah, president of the ICTP said he hopes sitting down for a meal together will inspire dialogue and provide a way for both the mayor and Muslim community to gain understanding. 

"The idea is just to put this behind our backs in a positive way and move forward," Al-Qudah said. "Let's just sit down for a meal and forget about all of this nonsense because we live together here. This is our community together. At the end of the day, we're all Americans, and we care about this country and our communities as well." 

Nearly a dozen protestors convened on Monday at Superior's City Hall demanding the mayor step down, plus half the city council has voiced disapproval in the Mayor's remark.  

Al-Qudah works in city hall as a civil engineer for Superior, and said the whole situation has been difficult for the local Muslim community.

"They were shocked. Some of them were like frightened by the idea. It's like, we live here. Why is this happening?" Al-Qudah said. 

Even so, Al-Qudah said he believes dialogue and understanding will go a long way in easing tensions.

"That is going to take time, but what's easy is just to decide that, just decide that that's the route that we should take," Al-Qudah said. 

Several city councilors are also expected to attend the event.