Tuesday, March 19, 2019
News Code : 355967 | Publish Date :2019/3/4 - 01:30 | Category: FORUM

Open day at Nottingham mosque hopes to tackle fear of Muslims after recent events in the media
A mosque in Nottingham held an open day for the second year running in a hope to tackle negativity surrounding the Muslim faith.

Hawzah News Agency (Nottingham, UK) –  Members of Muslim community who share the message, 'Love for all, hatred for none', welcomed visitors to the Baitul Hafeez Mosque on Sunday, March 3.

Dr Irfan Malik, vice president of the Nottingham chapter of Muslims said that after recent events exposed in the media, it was important to engage with the community.

He added: "Today is all about showing the local community what we do, how we pray, and the events that we are working on.

"It's so important to be well integrated in our community especially with everything in the media recently.

"I think people can feel very anxious about Muslims and mosques.

"But we welcome people of all faiths or no faith to come and ask questions and look around."

Visitors could explore the prayer area, the ladies section and an exhibition of the work being done in the community.

The exhibition included stands from the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, the Royal Air Force, Nottinghamshire Police and Tell MAMA - an organisation that works in countering anti-Muslim hate.

Dr Malik also explained that the mosque was regularly visited by schools.

"We just love having people here," he added.

Naveed Butt of Bulwell is the community spokesperson in the ladies group and was on hand to explain how the women at the mosque are involved.

"Being faithful to your country is so important and for me personally, this is my identity and I love Britain. It's all I've known, so why would I not be grateful and want to support it?"

Amongst the visitors, was retired Beverley Eyre of Bakersfield, who said this was her first time entering a mosque.

Ms Eyre belongs to the Carlton, Gedling and District U3A where Dr Malik did a presentation about the Muslim involvement in World War One.

"He invited us along to the open day at the mosque and it's been a real eye-opener," she added.

 

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