7 February 2018
Open Doors, Open Mosques, Open Communities
Over 200 mosques across the UK are getting set to open their doors on 18 February as part of Visit My Mosque Day 2018 with the aim of building more bridges between communities.
An official launch event for press and media will be held on 15 February at Al-Manaar, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in North Kensington, London, a mosque that was pivotal in the local community-led relief efforts in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June 2017.
The press launch event will feature Al-Manaar’s work since the Grenfell Tower tragedy in supporting the local community, as well as showcasing how other mosques across the UK are also positively shaping the future of their local communities around them for the better.
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said, “Muslims across the UK are yet again sending a strong message that despite what the headlines say, we are open, engaging in dialogue and positively contributing to British public life. Last year saw over ten thousand visitors nationwide attend a Visit My Mosque open day event and we hope that in 2018 with over 200 mosques taking part, even more visitors will take the opportunity to get to know their Muslim neighbours.”
#VisitMyMosque is a national initiative facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain, the country’s largest umbrella body of mosques and Islamic associations.
Mosques from across London, South East, Midlands, Scotland, Wales, Lancashire, Yorkshire and the Humber and Northern Ireland will be taking part. You can find your nearest participating Mosque at www.visitmymosque.org/find
For any media and press interested in attending the launch event on 15 February, please email [email protected]. Interviews and photos available.[ENDS]
Notes to Editors:
1. #VisitMyMosque day is a national initiative where over 200 mosques across the UK are holding open days on 18 February 2018 to welcome in their neighbours of all faiths and none.
2. It is facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain, the country’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliates mosques, educational and charitable associations.
3. #VisitMyMosque started with about 20 mosques in 2015, increasing to 80 in 2016, 150 in 2017 and now over 200 mosques in 2018.
4. Participating mosques on 18 February 2018 are listed on www.visitmymosque.org/find
5. The list of participating mosques represents the diversity in Islamic traditions, with mosques from a wide variety of Islamic schools of thought and traditions taking part, including some of the country’s largest mosques seasoned in doing outreach activities, as well as smaller mosques holding open days for the first time.