By Al Qalam Reporter
With the growth and popularity of the National Mosque Open Day campaigns during the past three years, an appeal has gone out to masjids across South Africa and Southern Africa to take part in this year’s project in an effort to promote a better understanding of Islam.
South African Muslim Network (SAMNET) – the Durban based Islamic activist group behind the project – said in a statement that the main aim of the National Mosque Open Day campaign was to foster “a better understanding of religion in an effort to counter rising Islamaphobia and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.”
The National Mosque Open Day 2018 campaign aims to draw hundreds of people of other faiths to the masjids on Heritage day, Monday, September 24 between 2-4 pm.
Feisal Suleman, chairperson of SAMNET said: “The purpose of the campaign is to briefly educate visitors about Islam and Muslims, to dispel myths, to demystify the misconceptions about Islam as well as build and strengthen relations with other religious groups.
“We would like to have a wide geographic spread of masjids throughout Southern Africa, who would open their doors on Heritage Day to the general public, to meet with local Muslims and ask questions and build relationships.
“It is not to be seen as a proselytizing mission but rather one of building community relations, improving the image of Islam and teaching others about our faith.
“As it grows InshaAllah, we hope the campaign will become recognized as a national event featured on the Department of Arts and Cultures calendar as well as to be included as part of the official South African Heritage Day program of activities.
“For now, it is important to get masjids in the large cities and metropolitan areas on board and allow them to identify masjid trustees and imams in other regions who can be approached for participation in the National Mosque Open Day campaign.
Marketing of all the masjids and the campaign will be done nationally with all details on the SAMNET website.
The campaign has been very successful since its implementation three years ago.
For details on the two hour programme or to be part of the National Mosque Open Day campaign, contact the SAMNET office on Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 031 207 4223.