There's a saying, "You just don't know who your neighbors are anymore."
One Muslim community is trying to change that by hosting weekly meetups.
It's called Coffee, Cake & True Islam.
"It's a new discussion. It leads to new friendships," Outreach Director Mirza Rabbi said.
A 2014 Pew Research study showed that 38 percent of Americans have never met a person of the Muslim faith.
So for the past two-and-a-half years, the New York Chapter of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been opening its doors to unite Muslims and non-Muslims.
"It's a very good platform so other people — non-Muslims — they can come here and they can meet with Muslims and they can you know have discussions very friendly discussions," participant Ahmed Hossameldin said.
In light of recent terror attacks in New York City, Rabbi says it's frustrating when extremists carry out violent political acts in the name of Islam.
"They find that if they use a global religion — which is 25 percent of the world population and 1.5 billion people in the whole world — that they will somehow more validity of their political agenda, and that's how they kind of use it," Rabbi said.
But during these meetups, Rabbi explains 11 truths of Islam, teachings found in the Holy Quran that promotes peace and equality.
"Islam says killing one person is as if you have killed all of mankind," Rabbi said. "The sanctity of life is paramount in Islam."
Organizers say they see negative stereotypes of Muslim-Americans changing as they reach out to non-Muslims.
"We never had an incident where someone came in with a little bit of hostility and left with the same," Rabbi said. "It's always at the end of the day we have more friends."
Coffee, Cake & True Islam holds events in Queens and Manhattan. To learn more, check out trueislam.com