For the second year in a row, mosques in Halifax, Sussex and Moncton, N.B., Sherbrooke, Que., Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary opened their doors last Saturday 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 day was organized by The Canadian-Muslim Vote, a non-partisan organization that encourages Muslims to be politically engaged.
The centre 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.
At the Jaffari Community Centre in Vaughan, the event was yet another opportunity to invite neighbours to congregate in the space — the centre opens its doors more than 200 times a year for charitable events, talks and tours. It also joins several multi-faith communities to house, feed and clothe the homeless at the peak of winter.
A 2017 survey showed almost half of Canadians continued to view Islam in an unfavourable light, compared to Christianity and Buddhism. It doesn’t seem likely that Canadians have shifted their view on Islam very much in 2018 which goes to show that such events help dispel false notions about Muslims.- CINEWS