Politicians, community activists, faith leaders and all types of members of the public converged on their local mosques last weekends. Celebrating the #VisitMyMosque day, a national campaign designed to encourage tolerance in society. Mosques around the country opened their doors to everyone so their neighbours could get to learn more.
More than 200 mosques took part in this year’s #VisitMyMosque day, and it attracted some high-profile politicians. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, took a tour of his local mosque in Finsbury Park. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, enjoyed a visit to Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in west London. And Prime Minister Theresa May visited her constituency’s Maidenhead Mosque where she told reporters that the day presented “a great opportunity to learn about Islam and see that it’s a religion of peace”.
A recent study, published by YouGov, found that around 90 percent of non-Muslims have never entered a mosque in recent years – if they ever have. So, it’s brilliant to have a whole day where Brits, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, come together to find out more about Islam. Non-Muslims were given tours of the mosques by attendees, had the opportunity to asks questions about faith and culture, and most importantly got to know each other over food and cups of tea.
Missed out? Here’s a roundup of our faves snaps from the day:
The support that Al Manaar Mosque has given to survivors, their families & the local community following the horrific Grenfell Tower fire continues to demonstrate the true spirit of our city. Good to be back as part of #VisitMyMosque Day. pic.twitter.com/2nV3JGgsbG
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) February 18, 2018
Over 200 mosques across Britain are open today for the annual #VisitMyMosque Day including Regent's Park Mosque, which was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd https://t.co/xpXJXoCwFU pic.twitter.com/0MW18j7xTg
— Historic England (@HistoricEngland) February 18, 2018
The hospitality in the mosques are amazing .. I challenge everyone to attend one of the mosques that have opened up their doors.. we weren’t allowed to leave until we had some biryani. #VisitMyMosque pic.twitter.com/Dw4PuqfGpM
— Asha Iqbal (@_socialdrone) February 18, 2018
The stalls and exhibitions are up, our volunteers are ready and our doors are open to welcome you all to our #VisitMyMosque event! We’re here from 12-6pm so make sure you pop in, everyone welcome! pic.twitter.com/F9QEsEYVqL
— Finsbury Park Mosque (@FPMosque) February 18, 2018
— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) February 18, 2018
— Melanie Onn MP (@OnnMel) February 18, 2018
— IlmFeed (@IlmFeed) February 18, 2018