Do you have questions about Islam, or about the Muslim community in Rochester?

The Rochester Islamic Center will open its doors to give people perspective on a range of issues from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, when it holds the first in a monthly series of open houses aimed at tightening connections with the community.

“We won’t be offended, so there is no need to be politically correct,” said event organizer Rashed Ferdous of Rochester. “You can ask ‘What about terrorists?’ or ‘What about bombings?'”

The Saturday open house will likely include a presentation about the basics of Islam, a question-and-answer period, and an opportunity to watch Islamic Center members pray, said Ferdous, 27-year-old IBM software engineer.

Rochester Islamic Center members at the open house will include Rashed and Zaid Khalid, the longtime Islamic Center spokesman whom Ferdous credits with the idea for the monthly open houses.

Elsayed Mahmoud, who is the Rochester Islamic Center’s imam, or prayer leader, will also be available to answer questions.


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