Open day at Norwich mosque after hundreds backed Trump travel ban protest

The Muslim community in West Norfolk condemn the Manchester attack. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Muslim community in West Norfolk condemn the Manchester attack. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

People got the opportunity to find out more about Islam when a Norwich mosque opened its doors to the community.

Sirajul Islam welcomes visitors into the Norwich Central Mosque and speaks about the Islam faith dur

Sirajul Islam welcomes visitors into the Norwich Central Mosque and speaks about the Islam faith during the open day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

East Anglian Bangladeshi Islamic Centre and Norwich Central Mosque invited people of all faiths to explore the history and teachings of Islam.

The aim of today's open day, arranged in partnership with the Muslim Council of Britain, was to make people more aware about Islam.

Volunteers from the mosque welcomed people into the Rose Lane centre, with tours, a question and answer session and a chance to observe prayer.

Sirajul Islam, general secretary of the East Anglian Bangladeshi Islamic Centre, said: 'The main aim was to welcome people in. Normally, only Muslims are in here and we wanted to show people what is going on.

Visitors study the information about the Islam faith at the open day at the Norwich Central Mosque.

Visitors study the information about the Islam faith at the open day at the Norwich Central Mosque. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017


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'There is so much happening in the United States and in Canada that it is very important that people know what we are all about and that we build a relationship with the community.

'We are here and we are going to be here, so we need to do what we can to engage with people.'

Mr Islam attended last week's protest at City Hall against United States president Donald Trump's travel ban, which was attended by about a thousand people.

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He said: 'I was really impressed by that. There were only a few Muslims there, but to see local people protesting against a ban which affects Muslims was really impressive.'

Visitors learn about the Islam faith during the open day at the Norwich Central Mosque. Picture: DEN

Visitors learn about the Islam faith during the open day at the Norwich Central Mosque. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The mosque has been in Rose Lane for about 15 years and has been holding open days for the last few years.

Boards on the walls of the mosque gave details on the Islamic way of life.

One display detailed the Ramadhan Highway Code - explaining the dos and don'ts of the month of fasting.

Other displays gave information about Allah, the Qur'aan, Muslim festivals, the status of women in Islam and Halal food. There were also videos, leaflets and copies of the Qur'aan on show.

James Wright, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Norwich City Council, was among those who visited.

He said: 'What came across on my visit was just how welcoming and tranquil the mosque environment is and some of the conversations I had with members were incredibly insightful in understanding connections between Abrahamic faiths.'

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