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San Diego Invited To Learn About Islam During Open Mosque Day

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - People of all faiths are invited to visit and learn about Islam Sunday during the tenth annual Open Mosque Day.

Thousands of people are expected to learn about Islam and the diverse culture of Muslims during their visits to Southern California mosques, including Masjidul Taqwa at 2575 Imperial Ave. and the Islamic Center of San Diego at 7050 Eckstrom Ave.

"In the pervasive climate of Islamophobia and misunderstanding about Muslims, the Open Mosque Day aspires to enhance understanding and help build relationships that will foster mutual respect among fellow southern Californians," Islamic Shura Council Chairman Muzammil Siddiqi said.

During the Open Mosque Day events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. , tours of Masjidul Taqwa and the Islamic Center of San Diego will be given, and officials will host presentation on Muslims and Islam. Ethnic cuisine will also be offered, officials said.

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muckapoo1 | October 27, 2013 at 10:02 a.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Hamas,911. I already have enough info, but thanks for the invite to soften my opinion. Oh, it is not a phobia. A phobia is a fear or hate with no history. We have enough history to decide.

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thompsonrichard | October 27, 2013 at 5:17 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

1) Imam Taha Hassane is Director of the Muslim Center. I've had the pleasure of speaking with him several times over the past decade. In addition to being on the SDPD advisory board & a volunteer jail chaplain, he's the religious adviser to UCSD Muslim students, and participates in many interfaith events. I've been to the Islamic Center a half dozen times -- and whether the Imams are there or not -- the parishioners and staff are most friendly!

2) I also watched a four-inning SDSU baseball Halloween game this afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium. All of the players wore costumes of their own devising. The most original costume was the Jamaican Bobsled team -- although they didn't hit the 370-foot home run in the Third Inning -- and

Don't be afraid, muckapoo1 (even the ghoulish First Baseman is a real cool guy).

3).Scott Paulson is doing live sounds & musical gestures for the staged readings of some scary scripts tonight at 7pm at the Digital Gym near 30th & El Cajon Blvd.

My black cowboy hat is being used as a prop in one of the readings.

White hats are often used as manly head gear in the Middle East.

Sure, muckapoo 1, I admit paranormal does describe some of the above events (other than the Mosque Open Houses). Tonight's event is free! 7 p.m. Sun. Just walk in into the Digital Gym and then walk ALL THE WAY BACK TO THEIR BACK YARD. Event is outside, dress warmly; it's being done in connection with the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. Make that Phobia and Madness of North Park Goblins, muckapoo 1!

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muckapoo1 | October 27, 2013 at 5:37 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Afraid, me? LOL I am sure this was the type of event held in London. Before the riots for not getting their way. Burned cars and buildings. Religion of peace, my left foot. They don't scare me. Libs like you scare me. Giving them what they want, until they want what you have. Then it is too late. You are wearing a burka by law, and seeing women lessened to that of a dog.

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sdreefer21 | October 27, 2013 at 8:07 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Let's celebrate marterism! Not that any of the folks associated with this center have ever had ties to radicals or people who fly planes into buildings right?

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Mmikey | October 28, 2013 at 8:09 a.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

the culture that brought about Bacha bazi

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JeanMarc | October 28, 2013 at 11:05 a.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Mmikey - Hah!

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CaliforniaDefender | October 28, 2013 at 12:21 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Just curious, but is "Open Mosque Day" just a Muslim-American phenomenon or do mosques worldwide occasionally open their doors and welcome in infidels?

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DeLaRick | October 28, 2013 at 12:51 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

"the culture that brought about Bacha bazi"

Do you prefer to read about a ritual you'll never see or try multiplying Roman numerals?

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Missionaccomplished | October 28, 2013 at 2:05 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

SDREEFER, what is "materism"? A trip advisor website?

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Missionaccomplished | October 28, 2013 at 2:08 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

_uckkkapoop 1 and CA Offender, you may start by reading Hudson's VENTURE OF ISLAM and pretty much anything by Richard Bulliet and John Esposito.

But that would be asking too much.

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muckapoo1 | October 28, 2013 at 2:17 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

The only venture of islam that I see, is my demise. Now, if they care to sit down and share a pulled pork BBQ sandwich to show compromise, I might visit them.

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JeanMarc | October 28, 2013 at 3:02 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Sorry but islam commands followers to convert by force or kill non-muslims. The goal of islam is to turn the whole earth into a sharia paradise like those we find in somolia, afghanistan (particularly the pashtun region where bacha bazi parties are commonplace) and saudi arabia where women cannot drive. Why would we welcome or tolerate such an utterly hateful and dangerous group of people in this country?

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sdreefer21 | October 28, 2013 at 4:33 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Did people from the worst attack on american soil pray, recruit, and receive assistance there? The place would be much better demolished.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 28, 2013 at 9:14 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

JeanMarc, all the things you rail against Islam with can be applied to Christianity.

Just switch the geographic names with Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Much of the world's wars and bloodshed throughout history have been conducted in the name of Christianity.

Right wing Christian Republicans support laws that strict Shiria countries have.

For example, both sodomy laws and executing minors were vigorously defended by conservative religious groups (as well as the Bush Administration) when put before the SCOTUS ( which had the intelligence to strike both down). These are not things Western Europe, Japan, Australia and the rest of the first world embraces, they are things rogue nations and strict theocracies embrace (and, apparently, American conservatives).

If the religious right in this country were to have free reign, our nation would look a lot like Shiria law nations, just switch governing by the Quran with governing with the Bible.

With all that said, we all know there are plenty of tolerant moderate (and even liberal) Christians.

The same holds true with Muslims.

I know several who are progressive, kind, intelligent people.

As someone who is very much anti-organized religion, I am very disgusted by some of the overly broad generalizations written above.

Muckapoo, how many Muslims do you even know? The vast majority I have met in San Diego are very open minded and not the terrorists you so crudely portray.

Honestly, your comments seem like something I would expect from a person living in the rural American interior who has never even seen a Muslim in person.

To think you are in a large diverse city and still have these Neanderthal generalizations is hard to believe, unless you are just trying to agitate posters here ??

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JeanMarc | October 28, 2013 at 11:08 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

So was anything I said in my post untrue, peking duck?

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paralaxvu | October 29, 2013 at 8:50 a.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Throughout history, people of most faiths have taken their religion and used it for their own means, to their own ends, usually by violence and bigotry. Perhaps Jesus rode an ass into Jerusalem before being crucified to show us that we must keep reign on the asses and make love our first commandment. If most of the comments here are any indication, his example hasn't done much good.

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JeanMarc | October 29, 2013 at 9:41 a.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Sorry if making factual statements upsets you paralaxvu. The truth tends to offend people.

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DeLaRick | October 29, 2013 at 10:19 a.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

JM,

My Muslim friends do not try to convert anyone and the females drive. Those, too, are factual statements which render yours as half-truths which cannot be broadly applied to 1.6 billion human beings.

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Missionaccomplished | October 29, 2013 at 11:52 a.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

@ DUCKSTER, you and your anti-Christian bigotry again. I am getting sooo tired of this. You are NO better than SDREEFER, _uckkkapoop1 and John Mark. No better. Bigotry all around. In their case, it's their jingoism and cultural chauvinism. In yours . . . it's your pathetic inability to let things go. Go get counseling and be done with your bitterness.

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Missionaccomplished | October 29, 2013 at 11:54 a.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Addendum to Quackster. You aSsume John Mark is "christian"? He can be an atheist for all you know.

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Missionaccomplished | October 29, 2013 at 11:57 a.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

@uckkkapoop1, no I prefer NOT to have a roadkill sandwich with you and your buddy the toothless man. But please, DO tell him to put his sawed-off shotgun away.

Read Richard Bulliet and John Esposito, if there so much as a glint of Reason shining into that brain.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 29, 2013 at 11:59 a.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Mission, the facts are on my side.

Organized religion has caused more bloodshed, war, and murder than any other human-caused entity in world history.

Telling someone to he mental help because you don't agree with their opinions only makes you look intolerant and unstable.

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Missionaccomplished | October 29, 2013 at 2:08 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

No, it's because it's your little obsession. Instead of staying on topic, you go off into a tangent and assume that John Mark, whom I do not agree with, by the way, is a Christian! That is where your arugmentation fails.

You need to do a lot more research. It is economic forces that have moved the world, for good or for ill, EVEN when in times when churches were temporal powers. Your assertions are nothing but cliche's. Besides, you do not speak from a historical perspective, you speak from a personal one. Note you said nothing when I stated that you must learn to let go.

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JeanMarc | October 29, 2013 at 2:34 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Missionaccomplished I too noticed how he failed to address anything in my posting, but rather decided to go on a strawman tirade about religion, and christianity specifically. I agree he needs counselling to get over his problems. He must have had a bitter experience with someone who claimed to be a christian, he tries to trash them every chance he gets!

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ladybug | October 29, 2013 at 3:21 p.m. ― 10 months, 1 week ago

Sounds interesting I don't know much about Islam.

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muckapoo1 | October 30, 2013 at 10:18 a.m. ― 10 months ago

Mission, am I supposed to forget about all of the lost American lives to Islam in the past 20 years? Am I supposed to forget about the problems Muslims cause where they get a foothold, like France and England? Am I supposed to forget about the cruel laws they pass when they take over? Sorry. You trust them, I will not.

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Tarryn Mento, KPBS Staff | October 30, 2013 at 11:04 a.m. ― 10 months ago

Hi all,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and opinions on this story. We understand religion can prompt passionate discussion, and we encourage that, but we do ask that your comments adhere to our Community Discussion Rules: http://www.kpbs.org/about/terms-service/#rules-of-use.

We support debate, but please review our guidelines before posting.

Thanks!

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Missionaccomplished | October 30, 2013 at 11:56 a.m. ― 10 months ago

_uckkkapooop1, it is PRECEISLY because we have forgotten our history in the Muslim countries, that we have since repeated with blunders in Iraq and Afghanistan and Lebanon in th e80s. The fact is the Western world has continously been at war with the Muslim world in one place or another, since the Java Wars in the 1600s. The 12 rogues involved in the September 11th attacks have abosulutely nothing to do with Islam as a major religion nor is it a representative of its followers, by any means. And that pales in comparison to our sorry history in Iran from the 50s and onward as well as everytime a Palestinian may be killed by an Israeli with shrapnel that reads "Made in the US."

What we have hear is a postivie story and people like yourself and Reef have turned into a soapbox for your political tirade.

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JeanMarc | October 30, 2013 at 2:55 p.m. ― 10 months ago

If I sell someone a knife and they stab someone with it, is it my fault? Where is the sense of personal responsibility these days?

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muckapoo1 | October 30, 2013 at 5:43 p.m. ― 10 months ago

For crying out loud, why don't we talk about the Crusades too? The truth is these camel lovers are responsible for a lot of pain and trouble in this world. How is that my fault if I choose not to deal with them?

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DeLaRick | October 31, 2013 at 7:46 a.m. ― 10 months ago

Muckapoo,

When it comes to issues of race and ethnic identity, you've posted lots of indefensible comments on this board. You've fallen so far down the Fox rabbit hole that you truly believe your comments are not offensive. Non-Americans are people too and our country is not an innocent child.

Someone who cares about you should send you a postcard with a picture of the Earth which reads, "Wish You Were Here."

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JeanMarc | October 31, 2013 at 8:52 a.m. ― 10 months ago

DeLaRick when is the last time Christians anywhere in the world went on massive terrorism campaigns? Sorry but the problem today, right now, is Islam.No other religion brings so much violence and death to the Earth.

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DeLaRick | October 31, 2013 at 9:24 a.m. ― 10 months ago

JM,

Buddhist monks are attacking Muslims in Burma and Sri Lanka for trivialities such as halal butchering. "Christians" in this country conspire against and/or bomb clinics which perform abortions. There are plenty of examples of religions waging war against others. That's nothing new. My Muslim friends and our fellow Muslim compatriots are not terrorists and don't deserve these comments. Maybe someday I'll mature to the point where dehumanizing statements don't bother me.

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JeanMarc | October 31, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. ― 10 months ago

What percent of bombings and violence on the entire planet are from Islam? What percent are all the rest combined? I am sure that Islam causes 100-1000x the amount of violence of all other religions combined.

In Myanmar I know the situation there. I cannot blame them. Who wants people like that in their country? Look at what Muslims are doing in the Philippines, the entire middle east, Indonesia, China, Russia, Spain, Africa, the list is endless. It is almost laughable to compare the violence of Islam with the violence that people commit in the name of any other religion.

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sdreefer21 | October 31, 2013 at 11:15 a.m. ― 10 months ago

Lets look at all this violence in general. There seems to be a common thread with all of it. Maybe religion is the problem and not the answer.

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DeLaRick | October 31, 2013 at 11:34 a.m. ― 10 months ago

JM,

I'm not going to disagree with you: The majority of high-profile, religion-based terrorist attacks are committed by Islamic terrorists. (Our drone strikes come in 1st place in the secular terrorist attack category.) If the media's coverage of worldwide attacks were more robust and evenly applied, the ticker would change. It's all a question of perspectives: yours, mine and 6.4 billion others.

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Missionaccomplished | October 31, 2013 at 11:58 a.m. ― 10 months ago

@DLR, first of all, _cukkkapooop1 expressed his desire to attend the Italian film Festival (on that post) which leads me to two conclusions--he's not a hayseed and he may be Italian, which is ironic considering he may have immigrant ancestry.

Secondly, I've NEVER read terrorism being categorized into secular and religious. Chomsky said not to long ago on BBC and carried on NPR that the current administration is the biggest terrorist organization in the world today!

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DeLaRick | November 1, 2013 at 9:28 a.m. ― 10 months ago

Mission,

There is lots of literature on the subject, e.g. http://www.meforum.org/1826/contrasting-secular-and-religious-terrorism.

"Lets look at all this violence in general. There seems to be a common thread with all of it. Maybe religion is the problem and not the answer."

Linguists must introduce a word describing belief systems which are beneficial for individuals but poison society. "Behavioral sink" is inadequate.

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JeanMarc | November 1, 2013 at 11:05 a.m. ― 10 months ago

Wow... mission, you seem out of control. What are you wildly screeching about the italian film festival for? This is a totally unrelated article. Get a grip...

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muckapoo1 | November 1, 2013 at 2:20 p.m. ― 10 months ago

If Mission ever takes a really good look at my comment on the Italian festival, he may see the sarcasm in it. Perhaps, if it were a coloring book, he would get it.

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JeanMarc | November 1, 2013 at 4:07 p.m. ― 10 months ago

muckapoo1 most leftists can't understand things in the world around them, they rely on their emotions to make decisions.

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muckapoo1 | November 1, 2013 at 5:46 p.m. ― 10 months ago

You are right.

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Missionaccomplished | November 3, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. ― 10 months ago

DLR, you provide me a link to a pro-Israeli, apologia website. Try again.

PS: Suicide bombers were started by the Tamil Tigers, a thoroughly secular guerrilla group.

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Missionaccomplished | November 3, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. ― 10 months ago

John Mark, it is people on the Right who are wholly emotional and like the Nazis and all fascists on the Far Right, distrust Reason. Only political immature leftists get emotional, but the Left or progressives in general embraced Reason and Pragmatism since the Enlightenment.

I've read your posts. when it comes to issues like immigration, domestic policies, and even the gays (which is NOT a political issue), your responses are always based on emotion and never provide facts and figures and are ahistorical. You are a complete contradiction.

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JeanMarc | November 4, 2013 at 8:57 a.m. ― 10 months ago

The Nazis were socialist. Nationalist Socialist German Workers Party.

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Missionaccomplished | November 4, 2013 at 1:37 p.m. ― 10 months ago

Mmmaybe read Reich, Shirer or if you prefer, take PS 101 at your local community college.

Note no rebuttal to second paragraph.

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Missionaccomplished | November 5, 2013 at 9:02 a.m. ― 10 months ago

"Someone who cares about you should send you a postcard with a picture of the Earth which reads, "Wish You Were Here."

good comeback on _cukkkapooop, DLR.

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