Birmingham Islamic Society holds open house

    Attendees taking in a lecture during Saturday's open house.<br>

    The doors at the Hoover Crescent Islamic Center are open to the community all year round, but Saturday, they were open even wider for the community to come in and learn about Islam and the Birmingham Islamic Society.

    President of the BIS, Ashfaq Taufique said opening the doors to the community has always been important to BIS since there are a lot of questions regarding Muslims and Islam.

    On Saturday, attendees were treated to various lectures on topics such as a basic introduction to Islam, the meaning of Sharia, women in Islam and more. Guests were also given the chance to have a guided tour of the sanctuary and sample various cuisines.

    "If there was any time more important in the United States of America to have more dialogue, to have more interaction among people, this is the time," Taufique said. "It is the time when divisiveness and the political rhetorics are widely spread, not only against Muslims and Islam, but against all marginalized minorities. This is the time that we open our hearts and open our doors and we engage in more interaction with each other.

    Taufique said their next open house is slated for early 2019. Taufique added that during May, which Ramadan falls in, they plan to have various events for the community at large to come and take part in.

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