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From left, Maher Abuurshaid, Steve Stone and Ray Elk attended a press event in Horn Lake, Miss., in November 2021 to announce a lawsuit against that city for not allowing Muslim families building permits to build the first mosque in DeSoto County. Elk and Aburrshaid are the local mosque planners, and Stone is a retired pastor who started the interfaith Memphis Friendship Foundation to build bridges between Christians and people of other faiths. He supports the mosque, which is now moving ahead. Photo by Grace Marion