Over 150 mosques across Britain opened their doors on the 5th of February for the third annual Visit My Mosque Day. With dozens, if not hundreds, reported to have attended each mosque, this could well be one of the largest attended open mosque day campaigns in the world.
#VisitMyMosque Day, facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), provides a platform for Muslims to reach out to fellow Britons and explain their faith and community beyond the headlines.
Speaking at the national launch event in Khizra Mosque, Manchester, Muslim Council of Britain Secretary General Harun Khan, said, “We hope that Visit My Mosque Day will become a great British institution, as so many British Muslims opened the doors to their mosques and their hearts. We were also moved by the record numbers who came in solidarity with Muslims in the face of the hostile atmosphere they find themselves in.”
“Now more than ever, we need initiatives like #VisitMyMosque as antidotes to the poisonous atmosphere of fear and distrust rippling through society in the wake of recent events.”
Here are the best Tweets from this excellent event:
In a time of intolerance, #VisitMyMosque is a beautiful, generous gesture of openness.
— Christian DeFeo (@doctorcdf) February 5, 2017
Today I'm proud to visit Finsbury Park Mosque for #VisitMyMosque. The Muslim community makes an enormous contribution to Britain.
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) February 5, 2017
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) February 5, 2017
Asked at #VisitMyMosque what msg I should take back to police station? Answer: pls get your take on Islam from real Muslims, not media/news
— Sam Dobbs (@sgtsamdobbs) February 5, 2017
— Barry (@BazzwellsPhoto) February 5, 2017
After church today we went as a family to #VisitMyMosque : A welcome chance to learn from our neighbours amidst all of today's divisions.
— Douglas Alexander (@D_G_Alexander) February 5, 2017
— Matthew Ward (@HistoryNeedsYou) February 5, 2017
I want London to be a city where we don’t just live side-by-side, but mix and forge relationships as friends. #VisitMyMosque
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) February 4, 2017
Thank you for the wonderful hospitality from Grimsby Mosque yesterday. Great to see so many of my Muslim friends again #visitmymosque
— Les Bonner (@lesbonner) February 6, 2017
One 10yo said Islam is his favourite religion cos the food was so good. 😭😂#VisitMyMosque
— Asif (@aau004) February 6, 2017