An effort to educate the public about the Muslim faith gained a new urgency Sunday in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in London. The Bay Area’s largest mosque held a two-hour open house Sunday, distributing free copies of the Koran for the first time and educating visitors on a religious faith that Muslim program coordinators said is too often misunderstood. The event, hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Muslim Community Association, was part of a nationwide campaign that began May 17 in response to reports of the Koran being mishandled in detainee camps. “Education is the key to understanding between all communities,” said Amina Ansari, CAIR program manager. The program began with a welcome address that denounced Thursday’s attacks in London and terrorism in general. The open house at the MCA in Santa Clara also targeted misconceptions of Islam by providing information on women in the Koran and freedom of religion. (MORE)


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