“Just being available to talk is key”
Muslims across Canada invited their neighbors to join them inside their most sacred spaces.
Mosques in Halifax, Sussex and Moncton, N.B., Sherbrooke, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary opened their doors for the second annual «Visit My Mosque Day». The event aims to dispel misconceptions, foster an appreciation of the Muslim faith in Canada, and celebrate the philanthropy of the Canadian-Muslim community throughout the year.
The vice-president of Jaafari Islamic Centre in Thornhill “Shafiq Ibrahim”said that the center offered tours of worship halls, gave lectures on education and outreach activities and had scholars on standby to answer any theological queries. Stations for women to have their hands painted with traditional henna and learn how to tie a hijab were also available for anyone interested.
«Just being available to talk is key», Ibrahim said. «I’m always surprised by how many great questions people ask, and we are committed to giving proper answers».
For Jaffari Community Centre, the event was yet another opportunity to invite neighbors to congregate in the space – the center opens its doors more than 200 times a year for charitable events, talks and tours.