- Associated Press - Sunday, February 12, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - An estimated 400 people gathered at a Phoenix mosque to show support and learn about the Muslim community.

Participants sat on a plush red carpet Saturday and listened to Islamic Community Center of Phoenix Usama Shami speak about Islam and misconceptions.

People standing outside the mosque participated in art projects.

The Arizona Republic reported that a handful of protesters gathered outside the center’s entrance, yelling into megaphones and condemning Islam.

The event occurred days after President Donald Trump’s executive order that banned citizens of seven majority Muslim nations from entering the United States, temporarily suspended the entry of all refugees and required an indefinite stop on refugees from Syria.

The ban is on hold while courts weigh its constitutionality.

At least four Phoenix police officers attended the solidarity rally.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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