More than 200 mosques across the UK are taking part in the initiative of Visit my Mosque Day, organised by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), an independent body representing over 500 different organisations including mosques, schools and charities.
Mosques in Birmingham and across the Midlands are inviting people from all backgrounds to pop in for tea and biscuits – and learn more about the Muslim way of life on February 18, 2018
Visit My Mosque day is about improving community cohesion by:
- Encouraging all mosques in Britain to hold an open day at least once per year
- Fostering better community relations and community cohesion for the good of society as a whole
- Working for a more enlightened appreciation of Islam and Muslims in the wider society
- Working to reduce misconceptions about Islam and Muslims in Britain.
- Celebrating the vast array of charitable, outreach and social action projects performed by mosques in Britain.
Organisers said: “Most mosques have an open-door policy and anyone can walk in at any time of their year.
“Many mosques organise events where people of other faiths (or no faith) are welcome to attend and many mosques already organise open days regularly.
“Visit My Mosque day is just an initiative where mosques have timed their open days to be on the same day.
“They are successful because mosques across the country came together for a common purpose, and that is what the MCB is about.”
The mosques taking part in Birmingham and the Black Country on February 18 are listed below
Masjid Al Falaah – 32 Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6AL. Opening hours not stated.
Green Lane Masjid – 20 Green Lane, Small Heath, Birmingham, B9 5DB. From noon to 7pm.
Jami Mosque and Islamic Centre (Birmingham) – 521 Coventry Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, B10 0LL. Opening hours not stated.
Sparkbrook Central Mosque – 179 Anderton Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B11 1ND.
Paigham e Islam Masjid (UKIM Birmingham South) – 423 Stratford Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B11 4LB. From 11am to 5pm.
Birmingham Central Mosque – 180 Belgrave Middleway, Highgate, Birmingham, B12 0XS. From 11am to 5pm.
Masjid Usman – 53-55 Shireland Road, Smethwick, B66 4RQ. Will be open 12.30pm to 3pm.
YCA cultural Centre – Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, B70 9SJ. Opening hours not stated.
Aisha Mosque and Islamic Centre – 4 Rutter Street, Walsall, WS1 4HJ Midlands. Will be open 11am to 5pm.
Wolverhampton Central Mosque – 197 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4RA. Will be open 10am to 5pm.
UKIM Madina Masjid (Wolverhampton) – 213 Newhampton Road East, Wolverhampton, WV1 4BB. Opening hours not stated.
Tayyaba Masjid & Muslim Educational Trust – 1-18 Humber Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 0BU. Will be open 10am to 5pm.
Each mosque will be different, and you can check with your local mosque if they are having an open day as not all mosque will do the same date. More information can be found on the Visit My Mosque website where you can also register your place of worship to take part.
Some mosques will put on guided tours of the building, while others may play a video or have exhibitions or displays about Islam or showcase recent charity initiatives they have undertaken.
Muslims also regularly visit churches, synagogues and other places of worship to build better relations between different religions. A National Interfaith Week is held in the UK in November.