Two weeks after the Islamic Center of Palm Beach was vandalized, its leaders are opening the doors of the mosque to educate people about their religion.
President Sharif Elhosseiny announced at a news conference earlier this week the center at 101 Castlewood Drive will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, for people come with their issues and questions. There’s been an increase in anti-Islam, anti-Muslim sentiment since terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and they want to “clear the smoke” and erase the ignorance about Islam, he said.
The windows of the mosque were broken and the prayer room left askew early the morning of Dec. 4. Police say Joshua Warren Killets burglarized and damaged the property in what they’re now considering a hate crime.
The Islamic Center of Palm Beach has organized conferences and events to reach out to the public since March 2010.