Wichita’s Muslim community is using a bazaar and car show to reach out to people throughout the city.
The event Saturday is part of a larger effort to provide outreach in traditional and nontraditional ways while carrying on the legacy built by the late activist Nabil Seyam.
Hussam Madi, spokesman for the Islamic Society of Wichita, said the second annual world bazaar, hosted by the Muslim Sisters of Wichita, will feature custom crafts, Middle Eastern attire, food, music and one-of-a-kind items.
But a new twist is being added this year: a car show. Several of the society’s members are car enthusiasts, Madi said, so it made sense to add it to the festivities.
In that way more people are stepping up to lead and honor Seyam’s legacy, members said, and no longer depend on one voice to represent the entire group.
The process allows people to work in an area where they’re passionate and creates more teamwork where, Madi said, “everybody has a responsibility.”
Following the bazaar, he said, the society will start planning more community activities.
He credits the society’s board of administration Sisters Committee for putting on the bazaar.
Amy Khan, a committee member, said the group hopes to attract more than 1,000 people.
“We like to have fun just like everybody else,” Khan said.
Madi estimates there are 5,000 Muslims in Wichita and about 800 active society members.
“We are part of this community and we don’t want to be on the defensive anymore,” he said.