[This year’s Visit My Mosque Day will highlight how mosques are great British institutions (Photo: VisitMyMosque.org)]
London: Thousands of Britons are expected to visit over 150 mosques participating in the third annual ‘Visit My Mosque’ Day on Sunday, February 5.
Mosques across the UK will be sharing tea and biscuits, alongside an insight into the day-to-day goings on of a busy Muslim center of worship. More mosques will be participating this year from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
#VisitMyMosque Day aims to provide a platform for Muslims to reach out to fellow Britons and explain their faith and community beyond the negative media headlines. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions they may have about Muslims or the general faith of Islam.
This year’s Visit My Mosque Day will highlight how mosques are great British institutions. They do this by not only being a spiritual focal point but also by serving their localities and helping people of all faiths and none by running food banks, feed-the-homeless projects; neighborhood street cleans, local fundraising and much more.
For example, Khizra Mosque in Manchester has run a monthly food collection to support up to seven local families. While the Federation of Muslim Organizations in Leicestershire fundraised £20,000 in just three weeks for a new scanner at Glenfield Hospital. Worshippers at the East London Mosque donated 10 tons of food for the homeless at Christmas.
Last year it was estimated that British Muslims gave approximately £100 million to charitable causes during the holy month of Ramadan: that’s approximately £38 a second.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has also launched a film to accompany the promotion of Visit My Mosque Day. It features a woman inviting a friend to visit her local mosque.
Secretary General of the MCB Harun Khan said, “As the world recoils at President Trump’s so-called ‘Muslim Ban’ and now the mass killing at a mosque in Canada, #VisitMyMosque is a much-needed antidote to the poisonous atmosphere we find ourselves in. This Sunday, the British public, Muslim and non-Muslim have an opportunity to come together and renew bonds of friendship.”
“Visit My Mosque Day is our chance to welcome fellow Britons to our diverse community. In previous years, we were moved by how the great British public has taken part in the day, some traveling dozens of miles to find their local mosques, and the level of enthusiasm in the number of mosques who have invited their neighbors to share in the experience has increased each year. Now its third year, we hope that Visit My Mosque Day becomes a great British institution for years to come", he said.