Non-Muslims invited to Preston Mosque to welcome Ramadan and community cohesion

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MANCHESTER: A mosque in Preston hosted a Ramadan open day inviting non-Muslims to learn more about Islam and their Muslim neighbours.
With the help of 10th Fulwood Scouts, visitors were treated to a tour of the Masjid Salaam in Preston, which provides facilities for both men and women. The event held ahead of the month of Ramadan (Sunday 13 May) saw Arabic-style coffee and dates served while visitors were able to view performances and displays featuring aspects of Islamic culture, history and beliefs, the Asian Image has reported. Maulana Amjad said: “Many people have misconceptions about Ramadan and see it as a month of punishment. Whereas Muslims find a wealth of patience, compassion and spirituality in fasting.”
Visitors were presented with a gift bag at the end of the tour which included an English translation Qur’aan, incense and a bookmark. Local resident and hospital Consultant Radiologist, Mr Oh said, ‘We had such an enlightening visit. I’ve always wanted to visit the mosque and at the same time I have learned a lot about why Muslims fast.
Thanks to all for such an educational experience’. Peter from Ribbleton added, ‘I enjoy great relations with my Muslim neighbours and welcomed the opportunity to find out more about their religion. “This is my first time in a mosque and I am so impressed. I have worked in the building trade for years and I appreciate the massive amount of work that has gone into building this mosque.
A wonderful visit!’ Members from two neighbouring Fulwood churches were present and were quick to praise the Mosque initiative. Fulwood Methodist Church Minister, Jane Wild had publicised the Ramadan Event in the Church newsletter ahead of the day and was present with fellow Church members. Masjid Salaam chair of trustees Mr Ayyub Vali Bux was optimistic about future events, ‘We will continue these excellent open days at the Mosque because they encourage learning and promote harmony between people of all faiths’.
Visitor numbers were up from last year with attendance of school head teachers and people travelling from as far as Lancaster. Imam Uwais concluded “We shall next be opening our doors in September as part of the national Heritage Open Days initiative.