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    Posted: 30 April 2008 at 1:57am
My warmest greetings to you all.

I wish I could put my question in a simple way, but it seems that I need to give an explanation.

In seeking to know more of Islam than the internet can provide, it would seem to be a good idea to visit a mosque.

Where I live (rural Australia), there does not appear to be any.

If I go to the nearest city (4 hours away), the mosques appear to be centred on cultural boundaries (ie Turkish mosque, Pakistani mosque, Indonesian, etc)

I believe that Allah welcomes all.  But as I am not from a country where Islam is widely practiced, I feel completely out of my depth when stepping into a gathering of people with wholly unfamiliar cultural practices and language.  This is not about the faith, it is about the unfamiliar culture.

Being an introvert doesn't help, but I'll try my best to overcome my reserve.  But does anyone have suggestions as to how to introduce myself, and avoid doing anything likely to accidentally offend?

Also, how does one survive in the faith if living somewhere cut off from regular contact with others?

Thanks for your help.
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Welcome. I think there is no specific rules to joint the group. The first and most important things probably that you need to tell them that you are new to Islam. So they will understand in case there are some of your habits that might not fit to their culture (not necessary religion/Islam). Secondly, dress properly, proper doesn't mean you have to wear hijab / scarf (if you are female) but modest, not like to go to the "beach or summer party".
Thirdly (asuming you are already muslim), take it easy (don't be burdened by) in case there is some folks there that give you "do/don't list" to be "perfect Muslim" like shaikh from al-azar university. Take your time, apply the "islamic teaching/value" gradually little by little.
Finally enjoy gather with them, however you may want to ask them before you try Pakistani/Indian/Indonesian  food, make sure it doesn't burn your tongue Wink
The following might not answer you question but probably you want to take a look:

Edited by semar - 30 April 2008 at 12:36pm
The Prophet said: "Do not eat before you are hungry, and stop eating before you are full"
"1/3 of your stomach for food 1/3 for water, 1/3 for air"
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