Faith, Civil and Political Leaders Participation
With over 150 mosques taking part – almost double the number that took part last year – many faith, civil and political leaders also participated.
The Bishop of Liverpool and of Salford are among the main faith leaders who attended. More MPs than ever before attended a mosque open day in their local constituencies. They include minister Ben Gummer, leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry and numerous other MPs including David Lammy, Gareth Thomas, Patrick Grady, Kirsty Blackman, Mike Gapes, Chi Onuwarah, Neil Coyle, Maggie Throup, Wes Streeting, Ian Lucas, Kelvin Hopkins, Stephen Timms, Jeff Smith and Stephen McPartland.
Speaking at the London launch event at Finsbury Park Mosque, Jeremy Corbyn spoke about how bad rhetoric results in acts of hate, and the importance of endorsing values of respect to bring communities together. With a particular note to Donald Trump, he said, “Drinking tea together is far more effective than pouring concrete to build walls.”
British Mosques: Helping their Local Communities
This year the Muslim Council of Britain showcased a number of mosques who helped their local communities through social action projects.
For example, Glasgow Central Mosque run a regular blood donation drive in partnership with the NHS, while Jamia Masjid Al-Medina Mosque in Middlesbrough hosted a Boxing Day feast for the homeless last December.
Mosques in Bolton organise volunteers for regular street litter picking runs and Cheadle Mosque Association fundraises hundreds of pounds for Children in Need after Friday prayers. Last year it was estimated that British Muslims gave approximately £100 million to charitable causes during the holy month of Ramadan: that’s approximately £38 a second.
A video featuring further examples of mosque’s social action work was also released. Watch here: https://youtu.be/iJ1yia7Sam4
The full list of mosques that took part today can be found online at www.visitmymosque.org/find
A small number of mosques will be holding their open days this coming weekend 11th and 12th February for logistical reasons.