Mosques open their doors

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Three mosques in Cardiff were opened to the public this weekend, in the spirit of friendship and conversation. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) hoped to give members of the local community an engaging insight into the life of the mosque and to promote greater understanding of Islam. 

A YouGov Poll commissioned by  MCB has found that almost 70% of Britons hadn’t seen the inside of another faith’s place of worship, and almost 90% hadn’t been inside a mosque, in recent years.

With over 200 mosques across the UK opening their doors this weekend on 18 February 2018 as part of Visit My Mosque Day, this year will have the largest ever number of mosques welcoming in their neighbors at the same time under the theme Open Doors, Open Mosques, Open Communities.

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“Despite the multi-religious and multi-cultural society we live in, these poll results show that the majority of Britons have not seen what the place of worship of another faith looks like,” said Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain.

“Many faith communities hold open door events regularly to give people of all faiths and none the chance to get to know their neighbours of a different faith.”

#VisitMyMosque, now running for its fourth consecutive year, is a national initiative facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain, the country’s largest umbrella body of mosques and Islamic associations.

Reverend Dr Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford, said “Crossing the threshold of a different place of worship can be an important step in learning about and getting to know our neighbors”.

Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE, President of Shomrim in Stamford Hill said: “It is always important for people from various communities to meet each other and demonstrate our bonds of harmony and good neighborliness. This is especially true at a time when peddlers of hatred tragically wish to destroy the bonds that unite our shared society.”

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Despite facing abuse and physical violence such as the Darren Osborne terrorist attack in North London last summer, many mosques are continuing to open their doors to the public. “I still remember the first time I went to a church after a friend invited me. It is so important in today’s society that we all have the chance to meet each other in real life and realise how much we have in common,” said Fatima, mosque open day volunteer in North London.

Mosques from across London, South East, Midlands, Scotland, Wales, Lancashire, Yorkshire and the Humber and Northern Ireland will be taking part.

The Muslim Council of Britain has also recently launched “Better Mosques: A Community Consultation” – a nationwide consultation where anyone is welcome to submit their ideas on how mosques can become better in Britain today. Find out more online at www.ourmosquesourfuture.org.uk/consultation

 

 

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