January 05, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
ATLANTA — Muslims throughout the Southeast are being urged to visit churches and synagogues, and to hold open houses at mosques to try to dispel misconceptions about Islam, especially since the events of Sept. 11.
“Take advantage of any opportunity to let people have firsthand experience with Islam and Muslims,” Souheil Ghannouchi, president of the Muslim American Society, said Dec. 28 at the three-day “Living Islam in America” convention.
The meeting was sponsored by the Southeast region of the Islamic Circle of North America. The group is made up largely of Muslims living in Alabama, the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. It serves as both a reminder of one of the most traumatizing occurrences to unfold on American soil and as a testimony to the resilience of every community living here in America.