Dozens of people turned out for a tour round Fulwood’s mosque to mark the start of Ramadan.Advertisement
Masjid Salaam in Watling Street Road hosted the event for the second year running.
With the help of the 10th Fulwood Scouts visitors were treated to a tour of the state-of-the-art building.
Arabic-style coffee and dates were served with visitors taking in a tour of the mosque and learning about Islamic culture, history and beliefs.
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Lead volunteer Manulana Amjad said: “Many people have misconceptions about Ramadhan and see it as a month of punishment. Whereas Muslims find a wealth of patience, compassion and spirituality in fasting.”
Nearby resident 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.”
Ribbleton resident Peter said: “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.”
The event on Sunday (20 May) could become more regular.
Chair of trustees Ayyub Vali Bux said: “We will continue these excellent open days at the Mosque because they encourage learning and promote harmony between people of all faiths.”
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The mosque is preparing to open for the city’s Heritage Open Days initiative in September.