Some background, but you can skip to the last couple paragraphs for the actual question for the TL;DR version. One of the most touching and amazing things to have come out of the turmoil in Iran, for me here in America, is the dialogue I have been having with ordinary Iranian citizens - mostly the reformists, but also some of the Ahmadinejad supporters. My conversations have remained civil and respectful even when I have spoken with the "hardliners." This is something that never would have happened a week ago - citizens of two very different countries and very different belief systems talking to one another openly, honestly, and directly, without the stain our governments and medias make on our impressions and understandings of each other as people. So I know no better people to ask than these same Iranians. I have been as active as I can possibly be online since Saturday, in support of the Iranian protesters. I have done everything I can think to do, and asked for help on the things I could not (which is how I came to be on this site), but it has all been on the computer, in communication with tech-savvy Iranians, in Iran and elsewhere - but aside from wearing all my green clothes this week, I have not done anything in the "real" world, as there was nothing really TO do - I live in a southern city in America, big enough to have an urban oasis of more liberal and progressive thinking than in the rural south surrounding us, but not large enough that there have been rallies in support, like there have been in places like New York and Toronto and London. I do not know if the small Iranian population in my city is aware of the support they have from Americans. Unfortunately, though we are more liberal as a city than the small town populations, it is still a small city in the bible belt of America. It does not enjoy the diversity and mingling of the population I have enjoyed living in larger cities and in other countries. I moved here from Chicago, where my apartment was right at the meeting point for several different ethnic neighborhoods. Next door to the animal hospital I worked in, there was an Iranian bakery that I visited at least once a week. Down the street was Little Jerusalem. A few blocks south of my apartment was Little Vietnam. My neighbors were elderly polish immigrants and young black single mothers. My corner store across the street was Korean. The diner next to it was Greek. I wish there was such intermingling and sense of community here, but sadly where I live, much of the image of Americans as intolerant of other cultures and religions is true. Racism is very much alive - my state was yet again headline news last week when one of our GOP activists compared an escaped gorilla at our zoo to Michelle Obama. Here, many people really do believe that the 2 billion Muslims of the world are all extremist terrorists who want to kill us at worst, take away our freedoms at best. Ignorance is rampant. Our small Islamic population keeps to itself and there is little interaction with the rest of the community - and I don't blame them for that. So to get to my point - I have a friend in Tehran, whom I hear from less and less as the connection gets more unreliable. I worry sick about him when I know he is marching in the streets. I worry for his wife and their beautiful little girl. I am sure many of our Iranians in our Islamic community still have family in Iran and are probably worrying and distressed as I am. I want the Iranians in MY community, HERE, to know they are not alone and have support. I want to start bridging that gap, opening that dialogue, in what little ways I can. I would like to attend prayers at a local Mosque, to pray for the safety of my friend and his family, to pray for the students and civilians who have lost their lives in Tehran and other cities this week. To give quiet but sincere support to my local Islamic and Iranian community, in a respectful manner. I am not Muslim, however. I have a basic understanding of Islam, Islamic beliefs and practices - but only basic, the complexities and details are not familiar to me. Would this be acceptable, to attend their prayer services? Would it be seen in the manner I intend, or would I be unintentionally disrespecting them by attending prayers with them as an infidel? That is my great concern, with the prejudices in place here, I don't want my act of solidarity and support to cause offense. I also do not know, if I went, what to do and how to act so that I remain respectful. I will certainly wear the hajib and follow Islamic rules at the service, but I do not know what all those rules are, another reason I need advice. What say you? Is this a bad idea? If it isn't, please tell me what I should expect and what I should do, participate in, or not participate in. I want this to be a small message from one woman of solidarity and support, not a display of Western ignorance. Thanks.