City mosque to have open house

Move to dis­pel mis­con­cep­tions about Is­lam among peo­ple

Deccan Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - ASIF YAR KHAN | DC

In an ef­fort to dis­pel pre­con­cep­tions about Is­lam, a city mosque for the first time will con­duct an “open mosque pro­gramme” on Sun­day and in­vite peo­ple to know more about the re­li­gion and cul­ture.

The man­age­ment com­mit­tee of Masjid-e-Quba, Nanal­na­gar, Me­hdi­pat­nam, will be hold­ing the pro­gramme in col­lab­o­ra­tion with re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions and NGO.

The event will be in­au­gu­rated by Hy­der­abad po­lice com­mis­sioner An­jani Ku­mar.

In an ef­fort to dis­pel pre­con­cep­tions about Is­lam, a city mosque for the first time will con­duct an “open mosque pro­gramme” on Sun­day and in­vite peo­ple to know more about the re­li­gion and cul­ture.

The man­age­ment com­mit­tee of Masjid-e-Quba, Nanal­na­gar, Me­hdi­pat­nam, will be hold­ing the pro­gramme in col­lab­o­ra­tion with re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions and NGO.

“Our in­ten­tion is to end the ig­no­rance among the pub­lic about mosques and its ac­tiv­i­ties. We plan to pro­mote in­ter-faith har­mony,” said mosque com­mit­tee mem­ber Mohd Akhtar.

The day­long event will be in­au­gu­rated by Hy­der­abad po­lice com­mis­sioner An­jani Ku­mar. “We in­vite peo­ple of all com­mu­ni­ties to visit the mosque to un­der­stand the prin­ci­ples of Is­lam and its preach­ing. It has noth­ing to do with con­ver­sions,” he said.

Par­tic­i­pants will be shown the mosque and briefed on the du­ties of the imam and the muezzin and the significance of the five prayers a day. Peo­ple can also sit and watch how the na­maz is read and ob­serve other ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated with the prayers.

Mr Akhtar said the con­cept was com­mon across the world, es­pe­cially in the United States and Europe.

“It is a trust-build­ing mea­sure we are ini­ti­ated. Hope all the mosques in the city will soon fol­low it,” he feels.

The mosque com­mit­tee will also be a con­duct­ing an ‘Id mi­lap’ the same day in the masjid where visi­tors will be served ‘sheer kurma’ and snacks.

S. SUREN­DER REDDY

Hand­made semiya is sold at a shop in Hy­der­abad on Wed­nes­day. —

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