Muhammad Ninowy teaches a class in the “Islamic Creed”, or “Aqeeda”, at the Madina Institute in Duluth. The Institute offers several seminary certificate programs for young Muslims who wish to learn more about their religion. Community leaders say having American born, American trained religious leaders is important to the community and a bulwark against potential radicalization. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Want to learn about Islam? Visit a mosque on March 11

Rosemin Omar wants people to learn more about her faith.

Omar will be on hand to answer questions about Islam during the second annual “Visit a Mosque Day,” which will be held across metro Atlanta on from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 11.

So far, nearly two dozen mosques - including ones in Macon and Savannah - will open their doors to help people of other faiths learn about Islam. That’s up from 16 last year.

One reason for the event is to “foster relationships with other faiths. Making decisions without the the right information, can lead to wrong decisions,” said Omar, one of the events organizers.

The timing comes as many in Islam feel their faith is under attack by the current administration. Shortly after taking office, President Trump signed a temporary immigration executive order blocking people from several Muslim-majority countries from coming into the U.S . It also put an indefinite hold on Syrian refugee admissions.

The travel ban was blocked by the courts, but Trump has vowed to issue a revised order soon.

“There are a lot of doubts in people’s minds about the religion: ‘What is Islam? Why is all of this happening? Why are the bans there? There must be something going on’,” she said. “We want to clarify. We want to take the big questions off the table.”

There will also be calligraphy, international foods, instructions on wearing an hijab or head scarf. Additionally is that people will get to see what a mosque looks like inside.

Most mosques are always open to the public, the event offers a casual setting, said Omar.

Registration is not required. has a list of participating mosques .

Organizers include, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Georgia Chapter) and the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta.


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