Visit My Mosque day is a national initiative facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain encouraging 200 mosques across the UK to hold open days to welcome in their neighbours from all faiths and none and building bridges across communities.
Whilst mosque open days in Britain have been taking place for decades, Visit My Mosque allows mosques to be a part of a nationwide event where mosques are able to open their door together on the same day.
The next #VisitMyMosque will be taking place on Sunday 3 March 2019. Click here to find your nearest mosque!
Visit My Mosque was first conceived in February 2015 with about 20 mosques taking part. Due to popular demand the initiative has grown to over 200 mosques now taking part, with the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and the Mayor of London all taking part by visiting their local mosques in 2018.
No! – Many mosques organise open days regularly throughout the year and also have events where people of other faiths and none are welcome to attend. Further to this, interfaith work is very important and many Muslim communities are very active in interfaith work, making regularly make visits to their local churches and synagogues and other places of worship, forming relationships with their congregations and maintaining those relationships throughout the year through regular events. However, Visit My Mosque day is a national day where mosques across the UK time their open days to be on the same day of the year.
Visit My Mosque is organised by the hundreds of volunteers across the UK who have taken time out of their Sunday to open up their local mosque, send invitations to their neighbours, and be available on the day to meet & greet neighbours and answer their questions. At a national level, Visit My Mosque day is facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain who have a steering committee to coordinate the day.
Some mosques may also choose to schedule their open day on another day of the year. Sometimes, some mosques are unable to hold an open day due to logistical reasons such as other events taking place in the mosque or refurbishments work.We are sorry that no mosques near you were able to take part this year.
However, we hope to reach out to more mosques and encourage them to get involved every year. Please tell us which mosques in your area you’d like to visit by getting in touch and we’ll try to get in touch with them to invite them to take part, or ask them to host a separate visit for you at an alternative time.
Each mosque will be different. You will be welcomed by volunteers at a registration desk and probably directed to a main hall where there will be some tea and refreshments. Some mosques will put on guided tours of the building, while others may play a video or have exhibitions/poster display e.g. about Islam, or showcasing recent charity initiatives undertaken by the mosque.
I loved the event. Visit My Mosque was a great event for the community and we really enjoyed learning about it.
David, York Mosque
Mosques will differ on dress code. Like many places of worship, such as historic church sites in France or Italy, mosques may ask guests to respect the sacredness of the building by for example, asking men to wear long trousers or women to wear long skirts or a shawl.
If you have any further queries or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here!
Visit My Mosque is facilitated by The Muslim Council of Britain, the UK’s largest representative Muslim umbrella organisation with over 500 affiliated mosques, educational and charitable associations.
The MCB is an independent, democratic and cross-sectarian body working for the common good without interfering in, displacing or isolating any existing work. The MCB’s mission statement is “Empowering Muslim communities to achieve a just, cohesive and successful British society”.