Bob Bennett came to meet his neighbors and ask them a few questions. Mohamed Alsinai – and about a dozen other Sunni Muslim men who attend the Islamic Center of Tacoma – was more than happy to oblige.

The University Place mosque held an open house Sunday to show non-Muslims the sanctuary, and answer questions about their religion – with a special focus on the prophet Muhammad and the recent controversy regarding some newspapers’ decision to publish editorial cartoons depicting him.

“We saw this as an opportunity to educate,” said Jannah Abdul-Qadir, who attends the mosque and is a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


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