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Islamic Society Of Vermont Selects New Imam

The sign outside the Islamic Society of Vermont seen in July 2017.
Meg Malone
The Islamic Society of Vermont says it has selected a new imam. Abd'Llah Al-Ansari is set to take over as imam at the beginning of April.

Abd'Llah Al-Ansari will take over as imam of the Colchester-based Islamic Society of Vermont at the beginning of April.

He comes to the community from South Carolina, where he's been working as a chaplain at a correctional facility.

Taysir Al-Khatib, the president of the Islamic Society of Vermont, said the group is excited about the new imam.

“He has a charisma, he has the knowledge, he understands the diversity — because we are diverse from many, many different countries,” Al-Khatib said.

Al-Ansari's selection as the new imam comes following months of searching. The Islamic Society of Vermont's previous imam, Islam Hassan, left last summer for a position in Cleveland, Ohio.

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