Visit My Mosque Day

#VisitMyMosque day is a national initiative facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), encouraging mosques across the UK to hold mosque open days. In Year 8 students first find out about the work of the MCB with an activity about Muslim denominations where we pretend the MCB has requested our school design a set of T-shirts and mugs to educate the British public about Shia and Sunni Muslims.

Well here is some real work by the MCB – organising a day where people of any faith or none can visit their local Mosque and get to find out what goes on there. The Independent reported today’s events by explaining how people had interesting questions and concerns – Are women allowed to visit? Yes. Do women need to cover their hair? Not necessarily, but it might be nice to try it out. Can couples hold hands? I don’t see why not. What about LGBTQ visitors? All welcome, as the invitation says. Visitors found out that mosques serve pastoral as well as religious needs. Alongside prayers and Ramadan gatherings, you’ll find food banks, soup kitchens and mother and toddler play groups. Newer mosques are being designed to be carbon neutral, or with theatres and restaurants for all the community – Muslim or not – to enjoy.

Woking’s Shah Jahan Mosque was open for the day so that visitors could see all the work that it does in the local community.

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2 thoughts on “Visit My Mosque Day

  1. This is a fantastic was of the young people in the community experiencing new religions and finding more about other people’s beliefs. I also believe that this idea will encourage young people to stand up for other religions even if they are against it or believe in something else due to it allowing young people to understand the true meaning of other religions. Furthermore, with all the hate against this religion in other countries I believe this is a way of expression and justifying beliefs of a religion.

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    • I agree with Uma. Open Mosque days are a great way to show understanding between the different faiths and stop prejudice, especially by teaching children from a young age.

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