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16 Massachusetts mosques will hold an ‘Open Mosque Day’

BOSTON (AP) — Sixteen mosques across Massachusetts will hold an Open Mosque Day to give the public a chance to meet Muslim neighbors.

On April 2, attendees will be able to tour a mosque, hear a brief introduction to Islam and witness a Muslim prayer service.

Wafaa Wahabi of the American Islamic Center in Everett said in a time of widespread misunderstanding about Islam, Muslims hope to show the communities they live in that they “live, pray and dream just like anyone else.”

The participating mosques include: the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Boston, the Islamic Center of New England in Quincy and Sharon, and the Islamic Society of Greater Lowell in Chelmsford.

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Mosques in Worcester and Chelsea plan to hold separate open days in May.