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Eat Pray Love

A halal café with food for all



elax to the soothing Arabic religious music streaming from the hallway as you bite into a hearty Sabrina sandwich or spinach and cheese croissant at Common Word Café, a halal restaurant just opposite the prayer room inside the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. Everything on the short menu (there are four styles of sandwiches) adheres to Islamic food conventions, and the relaxing space fills with both mosque-goers and students from the neighboring Roxbury Community College. Accented by plush red-cushioned chairs and calming yellow walls, the café follows the Islamic spirit of voluntary charity by collecting money from customers who can afford to give for others who cannot afford to eat. Araki



Estimates of the number of Muslims in Massachusetts range from 32,000 (the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life) to 120,000 (the Muslim American Society).