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New Islamic institute prioritizes outreach, education

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DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) -

 Imam Hassan Qazwini has big plans for the Islamic center he's opened in suburban Detroit.
   The plans include interfaith gatherings, media production and even a seminary to equip a new generation of leaders who can help forge a better understanding of his oft-maligned faith in the West.
   Qazwini is one of the top Shiite Muslim leaders in the U.S. He says the Islamic Institute of America comes at a critical time. President Donald Trump has said Islam hates the U.S. Trump has sought to enact a travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries. Surveys have found most Americans hold negative views of Islam.
   Qazwini said his institute seeks to educate Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and make them feel comfortable with each other. To non-Muslims, he says: "We're not your enemy."

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