SAN ANTONIO – For almost 30 years, an Islamic business on the Northwest Side has been serving the wants of San Antonio’s Muslim neighborhood.
The gift shop, named The Sunnah the Better, is a spot the native Muslim neighborhood has relied upon for years to get merchandise that’s not generally offered right here.
The shop is situated at 5772 Evers Road and sells clothes, head covers, books, video games and way more. It additionally caters to non-Muslim and different International clients.
“We’ve been in the community, the Islamic community here for a very long time. When there was only one mosque here, now they’re 10 or more. So we’ve been serving the Islamic community as well as some Christian groups,” mentioned Salaam Bey, assistant supervisor.
Turajii Shakoor began promoting this stuff out out her automobile and later at native markets. She and her husband Salaam Bey opened their brick and mortar retailer about 10 years in the past.
“We carry a wide variety of gifts and items to celebrate different things. So we’re also kind of known sometimes as the international gift shop,” mentioned Bey.
“We try to carry items to make the Islamic community here feel at home. When they come into our store, they can feel right at home. Things are familiar to them. And so, we try to offer that,” Bey added.
As the one Islamic gift shop of its sort within the San Antonio space, it carries extra significance as Ramadan, additionally identified as the Holy Month, began on Friday.
“It’s a month where we focus solely on worship. It’s a month of sacrifice because of course, we don’t eat or drink during sun up. We try to focus and be our best that we can be,” mentioned Bey.
Ramadan lasts 29 to 30 days. It’s a time of self-reflection, spirituality and prayer. Bey says it’s additionally a chance to give attention to serving to each other.
“We always are looking for some way to get those blessings during this holy month. And that may mean feeding the homeless, which we do at Haven for Hope. We also collaborate with Christian charities, as well as other outreach organizations,” mentioned Bey.
Bey says his spouse and their household are proud to serve San Antonio’s rising Islamic neighborhood and be a beacon of Muslim religion.
“I think it’s San Antonio itself that draws people in and certainly, the Islamic community is no different,” mentioned Bey.
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