Mosques in Birmingham and across the Midlands are inviting people from all backgrounds to pop in for tea and biscuits – and learn more about the Muslim way of life.
They are among those opening their doors to the public for a national event to build better relationships with the community and dispel misconceptions about British Muslims.
More than 200 mosques across the UK are taking part in the initiative, organised by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), an independent body representing over 500 different organisations including mosques, schools and charities.
This year has seen the scheme growing from the 150 mosques that took part in 2017.
The Visit My Mosque initiative on February 18, 2018, will see religious officials wlecoming their neighbours for tea, biscuits, cakes and an insight into the day-to-day goings on of a busy Muslim centre of worship.
Organisers said: “Most mosques have an open door policy and anyone can walk in at any time of their year.
“Many mosques organise events where people of other faiths (or no faith) are welcome to attend and many mosques already organise open days regularly.
“Visit My Mosque day is just an initiative where mosques have timed their open days to be on the same day.
“They are successful because mosques across the country came together for a common purpose, and that is what the MCB is about.”
Which mosques are taking part in the Birmingham area?
These are all the mosques taking part in Birmingham and the Black Country.
Most are opening to the public on Visit My Mosque day itself – February 18. But that date was not possible for all mosques, so some have organised their open event on another date such as February 5 or 17.
Masjid Al Falaah – 32 Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6AL. Open day is February 18 but opening hours not stated.
UKIM Alum Rock Islamic Centre – 2-8 Alum Rock Road, Alum Rock, Birmingham, B8 3BY. Open day is February 5, opening hours will be 2pm to 8pm.
Green Lane Masjid – 20 Green Lane, Small Heath, Birmingham, B9 5DB. Open day is on February 18 from noon to 7pm.
Jami Mosque and Islamic Centre (Birmingham) – 521 Coventry Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, B10 0LL, Open day is on February 18, opening hours not stated.
Sparkbrook Central Mosque – 179 Anderton Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B11 1ND. Open day is February 18.
Paigham e Islam Masjid (UKIM Birmingham South) – 423 Stratford Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B11 4LB. Open day is February 18 from 11am to 5pm.
KSIMC Birmingham – 17 Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 8SX. Open day is February 17, times not stated.
Birmingham Central Mosque – 180 Belgrave Middleway, Highgate, Birmingham, B12 0XS. Open day is February 18 from 11am to 5pm.
Masjid Usman – 53-55 Shireland Road, Smethwick, B66 4RQ. Will be open 12.30pm to 3pm on February 18.
YCA cultural Centre – Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, B70 9SJ. Open day is February 18 but opening hours not stated.
Aisha Mosque and Islamic Centre – 4 Rutter Street, Walsall, WS1 4HJ Midlands. Will be open 11am to 5pm on February 18.
Wolverhampton Central Mosque – 197 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4RA. Will be open 10am to 5pm on February 18.
UKIM Madina Masjid (Wolverhampton) – 213 Newhampton Road East, Wolverhampton, WV1 4BB. Open day is February 18 but opening hours not stated.
Tayyaba Masjid & Muslim Educational Trust – 1-18 Humber Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 0BU. Will be open 10am to 5pm on February 18.
What happens when you visit
Each mosque will be different. You will be welcomed by volunteers at a registration desk and probably directed to a main hall where there will be some tea and refreshments.
Some mosques will put on guided tours of the building, while others may play a video or have exhibitions or displays about Islam, or showcase recent charity initiatives they have undertaken.
Mosques will differ on dress code. Some may ask guests to respect the sacredness of the building…