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Worcester mosque holds ‘Meet a Muslim Day’ to educate public

January 9, 2016

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A mosque in Massachusetts held a “Meet a Muslim Day” to encourage people to learn about Islam.

Organizer Mona Ives says Saturday’s event at the Worcester Islamic Center was about trying to dispel myths about Islam and provide a counterbalance to anti-Muslim rhetoric.

She says almost 60 percent of Americans in a recent survey said they’ve never met a Muslim, and the center hopes to change that.

The center offered tours and talks on a variety of topics, from Islam 101 to women’s rights, Sharia law and the differences between Islam and what extremist groups believe.

They also provided samplings of traditional food and held pickup basketball matches and other family-friendly games and activities.

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