(DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX, 4/23/15) - The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today announced the First Annual Open Mosque Day to be held Saturday, April 25. This event is a multi-organization effort to provide an opportunity for North Texans to visit local mosques and to get to know their Muslim neighbors.
What: First Annual DFW Open Mosque Day
Where: Participating Mosques
When: Saturday April 25, 2015 (Times Vary)
Islamic Assoc. of Collin County - 6401 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75023 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
East Plano Islamic Center - 1360 Star Ct, Plano, TX 75074 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MAS Islamic Center – 1515 Blake Dr. Richardson, TX 75081 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Islamic Assoc. of Mid-Cities - 500 Cheek-Sparger Rd. Colleyville, Texas 76034 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In a statement, CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem said:
“DFW Open Mosque Day comes at a time when Muslims and the topic of Islam have been highlighted in local and national news more than ever before. In North Texas, there has been a concentrated focus on the Muslim community since January of 2015, leaving many DFW residents with questions about their Muslim neighbors and about Islam. This is a great opportunity for members of the North Texas community to have their questions answered.”
Nadim Bashir, Imam and Scholar at East Plano Islamic Center stresses the need for education:
“When we visit places of worship other than our own, it will increase our understanding and tolerance for one another. We see time and time again that when communities come together to learn about each other, especially when misinformation is prevalent, it creates the space needed for strong communities to develop and flourish.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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