Leeds Grand Mosque
to See and Hear
On 7 February 2016, over 120 people attended the ‘Visit My Mosque’ Day at the Leeds Grand Mosque (LGM), Leeds.
The LGM opened its doors to the general public as part of #VisitMyMosque; a nationwide initiative facilitated by The Muslim Council of Britain. The event included an exhibition that provided an opportunity for visitors to learn more about Islam and Muslims; a short address from the Imam of the mosque and Rev Heston; a presentation by the Chair of the Committee; and finally, attendees were given the chance to ask questions comfortably and observed the Maghreb (sunset) prayer.
The event brought together representatives from religious groups, the local police force, community groups and the general public.
[quotes style="classic" align="center" author="Dr Ihab Ibrahim, LGM Committee Chair"]‘The event was a fantastic opportunity to open the doors of our mosque to many people, some for whom this was the first time. The talks made by our Imam Shayk Taher and Rev Heston, and the Q&A session, all helped to make the event very special.’[/quotes]
[quotes style="classic" align="center" author="Rev Heston Groenewald, of All Hallows Church"]"Little Woodhouse and Hyde Park Neighbourhood Forums are thrilled to work with LGM and other community partners, to turn neighbours into friends and seek the good of our brilliant neighbourhood." [/quotes]
In the spirit of dialogue, friendship and local community engagement, LGM hopes to continue its mission in building and strengthening the bridges between the Muslim community and the local
faith and non-faith organisations, statutory agencies, and local people.
Notes to editors:
- For further information contact Leeds Grand Mosque on: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: (0113) 2468789
2. The LGM has a daily congregation of 200 people and on Friday prayers it attracts more than 1,500 worshippers. The mosque draws visitors from schools and the public throughout the year.
The open attitude of the mosque and its people make a major contribution in fostering interfaith and intercultural understanding in the local community.
3. #VisitMyMosque Day is a national event started in February 2015, where mosques across the UK hold open days, welcoming in their local neighbours in the spirit of friendship, and sharing tea and cakes alongside an insight into the day-to-day goings on of a busy Muslim centre of worship. Mosques from all four countries of the UK, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are involved, and in major cities of the country. There are over 80 mosques and growing taking part – more than triple the numbers of mosques that took part last year.