An icy wind sweeps across the grounds of the busiest mosque in the Baltimore area, swirling up little patches of snow, but the atmosphere inside a ranch house on the 8-acre campus is as warm and friendly as a neighbor’s kitchen. The aroma of kofta, a curried meatball dish, fills a cozy front room. White-haired men surround a folding table to watch an impromptu game of chess, some standing, others sitting, speaking in an animated mix of Urdu, Punjabi and English. As Shabbir Kapadia, 76, grabs a pawn and tries to slide it five squares as though it was a bishop, Jalal Akbar, 74, who is looking on, grabs his wrist and reminds him of the rules.
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