Bishop of Bradford welcomes open day at Mosques

The Bishop of Bradford, Toby Howarth, was one of many Christians who visited a mosque last weekend as part of the   ‘Visit My Mosque’ initiative organised by the Muslim Council of Britain.

Bishop Toby is pictured at the Madni Masjid in West Bowling, Bradford, one of nearly 200 mosques across the country to open their doors as part of the initiative to promote better community relations and community cohesion.

During the day visitors got to learn about how Muslims pray, and the importance of the mosques to the faith.

“Crossing the threshold of a different place of worship can be an important step in learning about and getting to know our neighbours,” said Bishop Toby.

Rifaqat Ali from the Madni Masjid said: “We gave visitors a tour of the centre and the mosque and explained the role of the mosque and its different facilities, things we take for granted but other people might not know much about.”

A recent poll commissioned by the MCB found that almost 70 per cent of Britons hadn’t seen the inside of another faith’s place of worship, and almost 90 per cent hadn’t been inside a mosque.

(Photo/credit with thanks to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus)


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