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About 1,000 mosques across Germany open their doors to non-Muslims
Tuesday October 4, 2016 10:34 PM, IINA

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Nearly 1,000 mosques across Germany opened their doors to non-Muslims on Monday in order to encourage dialogue and help the public overcome Islamophobia and misunderstandings about Islam.

The "Open Mosque Day," is an annual event organized by Islamic associations in the country, Daily Sabah Turkish news reported.

During the event, imams made presentations about Islamic faith and culture and answered visitors' questions.

Commenting on the event, Turkish Religious Services Attaché in Berlin Ahmet Fuat Candır said: “Conflicts in the Middle East and terrorist attacks have sparked fears and anti-Muslim sentiments in Germany. The best way to dispel fears about Islam is to have more dialogue."

"Islam is not what they see on their televisions. Islam is a religion of peace and love," he told Anadolu Agency at Berlin's historic Şehitlik Mosque.

With a population of 81.8 million, Germany has the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France.

Among the 4 million Muslims in the country, 3 million are of Turkish origin.

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