Bloomfield–May 15–The CIOM reached out to non-Muslims across Southeast Michigan with open houses in more than 10 mosques.
At Bloomfield, approximately 100 to 150 non-Muslim guests came to visit, according to Dr. Fadi Demashkieh. â€œThe morning was better,â€ he explained, because there had been a movie in the morning and a presentation and question and answer session which featured the predictable questions usually asked by non-Muslims, jihad, and women in Islam.
â€œTheir impression was very positive,â€ he explained.
Edie Broida, of WISDOM, an interfaith womenâ€™s group, said that she was â€œoverwhelmed with the beauty and excitement here today–I learned so much.â€
Rasha Massarani, who volunteered at the event on behalf of the Muslim Unity Center, compared the event to previous years, saying that â€œit wasnâ€™t bad this year… [the visitors] were not comfortable when they came but they were comfortable when they left–that is our main goal.â€
The CIOMâ€™s Chairman Ghalib Begg expressed a lot of satisfaction with the event, especially because of the recognition by Governor Granholm of CIOMâ€™s efforts to reach out to non-Muslims through the event.
â€œ12 mosques are participating,â€ he said.