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To Battle Predjudice, Fear, Providence Muslim Center To Host Open House

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Days after a group of interfaith leaders gathered in solidarity at a Muslim cultural center in Providence, that same center is hosting an open house....

Days after a group of interfaith leaders gathered in solidarity at a Muslim cultural center in Providence, that same center is hosting an open house. Muslim leaders in the state are working to build bridges to members of the  larger Rhode Island community.

Following terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, California tensions are high among Muslims across the nation. In Rhode Island, local Imams say their communities are fearful of negative reactions from others in the state.

So the Muslim Center of Rhode Island in Providence is hosting an event Saturday called, “Know Your Muslim Neighbor.” Muslim leaders say they hope the event will be an opportunity to explain their religion, and introduce themselves to fellow Rhode Islanders.

One local Imam says his community must work hard to be visible and transparent, to thwart misconceptions, and prejudice.

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Masjid Al-Islam, a mosque in North Smithfield
Masjid Al-Islam, a mosque in North Smithfield