CLEMSON - Islamic Society of Clemson members want to dispel some misinformation about their faith, their culture and their religion's holy writings by presenting a series of community meetings.
Imam Mohammad Mustafa, the leader of the Clemson group, will present eight weekly meetings at which he and members of the society will answer questions about the Quran and the Islamic faith. The meetings will be free and open to the public.
Nedal Mefleh, a member of the Islamic Society of Clemson, said Mustafa put together the series in light of a rising number of questions that the local Islamic community has received.
Mefleh said there has been an increase in the number of people coming to the mosque, which is between Pendleton and Clemson, to ask questions because of statements they have heard in the current presidential race.
"We are hoping that people will understand what the Quran is all about instead of believing what they hear on TV," Mefleh said.
The Islamic Society of Clemson, founded in the mid-1980s, has about 300 members, he said. The group has worshipped in a mosque on Old Stone Church Road since 2000.
The community meetings will begin Wednesday starting at 5:30 p.m. From March 24 through May 5, the meetings will happen on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. At each meeting, Mustafa will discuss the Islamic faith for about 30 minutes and will take questions from those who attend.
Mustafa has spent years studying world religions and the Islamic faith. He is working on his doctoral degree and has been the imam of the Islamic Society of Clemson since 2013.
The Islamic Society of Clemson is hosting an eight-part series on the Quran and other questions that the community may have about Islam and its holy writings. MILES. 8-10 inches w/box.
If you go
What: Meet your Muslim Neighbors: An eight-week series of community meetings about Islam and the Quran
When: Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.; Each Thursday from March 24 until May 5, from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Where: Islamic Society of Clemson, 1009 Old Stone Church Road, Clemson