(PHOENIX, AZ, 2/28/06) – On Friday, February 24, representatives of the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ), the Muslim Students Association at Arizona State University and the Islamic Community Center of Tempe co-hosted an “Explore the Life of Muhammad” open house.
The event was part of a year-long campaign initiated by the Washington-based group as a constructive response to the publications of offensive cartoons depicting the prophet.
Almost 200 people of different faiths attended the open house. The program began with a presentation on Islam and the Prophet Muhammad by Imam Ahmed Shqeirat, followed by a question and answer session and light refreshments.
For many attendees it was their first time inside a mosque and they expressed a great interest in participating in more such open houses in the future.
“We are very happy with the turnout and are working hard at organizing similar events in order to build bridges and mutual understanding with our friends and neighbors of other faiths,” said CAIR-AZ Communications Director Nure Elatari.