Those who want to learn more about Islam can visit an open house Saturday at the Islamic Center of Burlington, and learn more about the mosque and the beliefs of Muslims.

The open house – the second the mosque has held since moving to the site, a former Knights of Columbus building – will include an opportunity to learn more about and observe Islamic prayer, to collect pamphlets and posters, to tour the mosque and meet with members of the mosque congregation.

The open house also features guest speaker Yusuf Estes, a native of Texas and former Christian minister who converted to Islam after learning more about the religion while visiting Egypt.

Estes, who is scheduled to visit several Islamic and Middle Eastern cultural centers in the area, has gained a worldwide following through his writings, speaking engagements, and Web sites, including and

“We are trying to get the word out and welcome our neighbors,” said Mohammad Yaqub, president of the Islamic Center of Burlington, who said mosque leaders want to hold open houses regularly as do other houses of worship. (MORE)


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