Islamic Center of Charlotte opens to non-Muslims

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Islamic Center of Charlotte is scheduling an open house to give non-Muslims a chance to get to know them.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/18SsU8U ) that the center's open house set for Saturday night comes during Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar. During the month, Muslims traditionally gather after sundown each night to break the fast with a communal meal.

Center spokesman Jibril Hough said the annual event is a great opportunity to share in some good food as well as to get beyond stereotypes and misinformation and get to know who the Muslims are and what they believe.

This year's event begins with a breaking-of-the-fast meal that traditionally begins by eating dates. Local Muslims will be on hand to explain Ramadan, Islam and the tradition of fasting.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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