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Montreal Mosques Open Doors to Neighbors

MONTREAL – Mosques around Montreal opened their doors on Sunday, February 12, welcoming neighbors of all faiths to help build bridges between communities.

The Muslim Council of Montreal says the open houses are an opportunity “to offer condolences, ask questions or engage members of our community in general.”

The Muslim Council of Montreal lists fourteen mosques that are holding open house events to help build bridges between communities.

The Khadijah Masjid Islamic Centre in Pointe-Saint-Charles, which was vandalized on Feb. 2, is among participating centers.

On its Facebook page, the center describes the event as “a chance to debunk a few myths about Islam.”

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The events come two weeks after six worshippers were killed and 19 wounded when a gunman entered a Quebec City mosque on Jan. 29 and opened fire.

The attack sparked demonstrations of solidarity with Muslims across Quebec and Canada.

The Makkah-al-Mukarramah Mosque at 11900 Gouin Boulevard West in Pierrefonds is also participating.

“Please take out some time and join us for this enlightening event where we build bridges instead of barriers. We feel honored to host our neighbor,” the mosque says on its Facebook page.

Earlier this month, more than 150 mosques and Islamic centers across the UK opened their doors to welcome neighbors.