Malik Ali is the CEO of the MPI Media Group. Along with Dr. Muhamad Krad, he's a cofounder of the Prayer Center of Orland Park.
This story quite literally hit close to home for me. I grew up just about an hour away from the suburb it takes place in, and until working on this story, I never would have imagined that building a mosque could be so controversial, especially in a place as cosmopolitan as Chicago. Standing under its massive dome, I was struck by the odd realization that a building could simultaneously be a haven and source of community for some, and symbol of fear and hatred for others.