A recent YouGov Poll commissioned by the Muslim Council of Britain 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. To remedy this, over 200 mosques across the UK opened their doors on 18th February as part of Visit My Mosque Day 2018.
Visit My Mosque Day is an annual event which started in 2015 and is facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). The Day is an opportunity for people of all faiths and none to visit their local mosque to learn more about Muslims and their faith. With so many negative stories about Islam and Muslims, one key objective of #VisitMyMosque is to dispel myths and misconceptions by fostering social cohesion and building grassroots relations between communities.
This year, National Zakat Foundation (NZF) supported the initiative. With the largest number of mosques taking part to date, thousands of people attended across the country. Volunteers, activists and mosque leaders worked tirelessly to ensure visitors had a warm and hospitable experience.
Messages of support have poured in on social media with Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream encouraging their viewers to “try a different flavour and head over to your local mosque” and Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain tweeting “Open up those doors!”
Speaking from Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “I’m delighted to be back at Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre as it opens its doors to the local community on Visit My Mosque Day. London is a place where we don’t just tolerate diversity, we celebrate, cherish and embrace it – that’s why I’m so pleased to support this great initiative to help us build a more open and inclusive society. Today is a day to increase understanding, celebrate the important role mosques play in bringing the local community together, and in particular, to highlight the major part everybody at this mosque has played in responding to last summer’s devastating Grenfell Tower fire.” Once again, we are delighted to have supported this brilliant initiative. Thanks to all the visitors and everyone who helped to make this national event a huge success. May Allah accept from you all, ameen.
Our “Mosque Open Day” @MasjidC is in full swing @MuslimCouncil @harakha #VisitMyMosque @Islamchannel @IqraTV @suttonguardian @Mayor_Sutton @thomasbrake @MPSSutton @NZF_org_uk great turnout so far from the local community. pic.twitter.com/5umHgRxmo3
— MCWAS (@MasjidC) February 17, 2018
Retweeted Interfaith Matters (@__Interfaith__):
If you’re in York on Sunday….mosque opens its doors to all… https://t.co/1f3oUGDNh2
— York Mosque (@YorkMosque) February 18, 2018
Michelle says her visit to Scunthorpe Islamic Centre was really informative and she had the opportunity to learn what Islam says about Mary and Jesus (peace be upon them). #VisitMyMosque pic.twitter.com/KwmbCJ1rJr
— IlmFeed (@IlmFeed) February 18, 2018
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