Mosques around the city are opening their doors to those interested in learning about the Muslim faith this week. More than 40 leaders from the five boroughs kicked off the "Week of Dialogue" at Brooklyn's Mosque At-Taqwa on Monday.
Imam Al-Amin Latif, president of the leadership council, says the goal of the program is to clear up misconceptions non-Muslims may have about the religion.
"We want to educate our fellow citizens, our neighbors, about what Islam is, and to help them understand who we are," Latif said. "We're citizens. We live here. We're your neighbors, you know. We're your coworkers."
He also hopes the "Week of Dialogue" will clear up misconceptions non-Muslims may have about the religion. "Let them come and let us dialogue. Let us talk. Any questions you have, get it straight from us," he said. "You don't have to get it from the negative people who want to spread hate and dissension and divisiveness," Latif said.
Mosques in other cities, including Philadelphia and Chicago, are also taking part in the week of discussions.