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Our friends at the Muslim Council of Britain have come up with an ingenious idea to build bridges between communities. On 18th February, mosques across the country will open their doors to their neighbours for Visit My Mosque day. Everyone's welcome to come in and learn more about Islam and mosques in the UK.
Your Local Mosque
Mosques, like other community centres, are places of action and outreach, working for the good of the people and the area. They play an important role in our society - and not just for Muslims.
On Visit My Mosque day, you can expect a warm welcome, insight into the workings of a mosque and maybe even a cup of tea and some cake. There may also be a guided tour, a film about the community, or an exhibition about the history of the mosque. You can have a look at some of the activities from last year here. It's a great opportunity to get to know some more people in your area, and to ask questions that may have been lingering in the back of your mind about Islam.
You can find your local mosque using the nifty postcode searcher on their website, and with more than 200 taking part across the country there's a local option for most people. Why not go along and find out what's happening in your area?
Breaking Out of Your Bubble
Religious groups aren't always portrayed in a positive light in our media, especially groups that are in a minority here in the UK. We often hear speeches or read headlines that try to show Islam in a negative light so this is a great opportunity to break out of your bubble and get to know the real people and real faith that we hear so much about. The Muslim Council of Britain is inviting everyone to see what Islam really looks like in the UK right now, and to understand what benefits it can bring to our communities.
If we all get to know each other a little better, we can find the things that unite us and use them to overcome the things that divide us. And what could be sweeter than that?
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