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Mississippi Muslim settlement aging out

Faith's U.S. black identification fading

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Photographs by For The Washington Post/WILLIAM WIDMER

Shaheed Shabazz, who traveled from Winston-Salem, N.C., for a religious retreat at New Medinah, Miss., stands near a tented community bazaar, where he was selling homemade bean pies, essential oils and books on Islam.

When Abdul Hakim Shareef looks out on the nearby hills and the mosque, the perfect embodiment of a Muslim ideal, he hopes it won't all end with him.

Abdul Hakim Shareef and his wife, Ruth, among the oldest residents of New Medinah, Miss., helped found the south Mississippi community in the mid-1980...

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