2nd National Visit My Mosque Day

The Baab-ul-Ilm Centre will once again take great pleasure in participating in the “National Visit My Mosque Day”, a Muslim Council of Britain initiative to reach out to fellow Britons following tensions around terrorism and radicalisation. Following our successful participation in the 2015 initiative that featured in the Guardian newspaper (see http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/01/uk-mosques-open-day-tolerance) our centre received glowing praise for its endeavours in distinguishing between a radical, distorted and alien form Islam of a minority, the unfortunate focus of politicians and the media, and a more balanced Islam of a majority that promotes mercy, justice, doing good and being of service to others, forgiveness and peaceful co-existence.

In marking the event this year on Sunday 7th February 2016 the Baab-ul-Ilm Centre is keen on taking the initiative a step further. In doing so, we would like to extend to you a cordial invitation to join us for the quintessentially British tradition of “Afternoon Tea” that will include an inspiring, educational and spiritually uplifting programme featuring:

? Guided Mosque Tour
? Exhibition: History of the KSIMC of Leeds
? Key Note Speaker: Mohammed Ali, Aerosol Arabic
“Street Art as an Expression of Faith: British Identity and Islam”
? Video Documentary: “Great British Islam”
? Key Note Speaker: Shaykh Arif Abdul Hussain, Founder and Director of Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham
? Serving of Afternoon Tea

We are sure that the event will provide a much needed insight to those who have never visited a mosque before as well as further strengthen our ties with all our inter-faith partners, thereby continuing our endeavours in the Leeds area in building bridges of mutual understanding, tolerance and respect. The event will enable attendees to become better acquainted with members of our community and religious practices and to provide an open forum for dialogue and discussion. In doing so we hope that the event will simultaneously celebrate the diversity of the Islamic faith in Britain through our history; using art as an expression of faith; understanding the development of early Muslim converts in Britain and to appreciate the spiritual and holistic framework provided by the faith that inspires the community of Muslims in developing themselves to contribute to the hard working ethic and moral fabric of the British society within which we reside.

The Baab-ul-Ilm Centre genuinely looks forward to opening its doors to the local Leeds community and would be honoured if you together with teachers from the school are able to join us on what we hope will be a great opportunity to foster good relations and build a cohesive community spirit that we can all share not only as people of faith but as a family in humanity.