Mosques around Australia have thrown open their doors to the public in the hope of reducing misunderstandings about Islam.

National Mosque Open Day, which saw 14 places of Islamic worship around the country invite locals inside, is the perfect time to "break down barriers of misconception", Lebanese Muslim Association president Samier Dandan said.

Mr Dandan believes terrorist organisations such as Islamic State have tarnished the religion's reputation and more needs to be done to dispel "the ignorance".

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