250 mosques in the UK opened their doors to non-Muslims for ‘Visit My Mosque Day’

Community members visiting Lewisham Islamic Centre in south London. [Image: Facebook]

More than 250 mosque across the UK welcomed community members from all backgrounds for the fifth annual ‘Visit My Mosque Day’ campaign.

The fifth annual Visit My Mosque Day campaign took place on Sunday 3 March, which was aimed at educating people of all faiths and none about Islam and Muslims.

Many mosques have been hosting open days prior to the annual campaign, strengthening relations with local communities.

However, the initiative facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) sought to raise greater awareness about the Islamic faith by joining all the open days on a single date.

The MCB have said that by educating the wider community about Islam, they hoped it would tackle negative stigma around the religion and its adherents.

A recent YouGov poll has shown that 70 per cent of Britons have never visited a place of worship other than their own.

Police figures showed that religious hate crime increased by more than 40 per cent in.

In this year alone, two mosques in Manchester and Newcastle were vandalised and sprayed with Nazi swastikas in an Islamophobic hate crime.

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