The HYDERI Islamic Centre in Streatham SW16 5PQ is one of many Mosques taking part in #VisitMyMosque on Sunday 1st Feb.
The Muslim Council of Britain is organising a national #VisitMyMosque day on Sunday 1st February 2015, where British mosques will open their doors to the general public.
Mosques will be sharing tea and cakes alongside an insight into the day-to-day goings on of a busy Muslim centre of worship.
Members of the community are there to get to know one another better and some may be on hand to answer questions about Muslims and Islam where this is possible.
Local mosques will also be inviting inter-faith leaders as well, and all will be invited to come together to demonstrate unity and solidarity during what has been a tense time for faith communities.
#VisitMyMosque day is part of a national initiative by Muslims to reach out to fellow Britons following tensions around terrorism.
A list of participating Mosques can be found on the Muslim Council website (Click here)
Mark Healey, Lambeth’s Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator welcomed the Muslim Council of Britain’s initiative;
“I think that this is a great idea and I am pleased to see some Lambeth Mosques taking part. Hopefully these open days will help people (Muslims and non-Muslims) connect in a positive way, to get a better understanding of each other and explore how we can all work together to make sure there is no place for hate in Lambeth, and that it is a better, safer place for all”
Tackling Faith Hate in Lambeth
Lambeth Council take all forms of hate crime very seriously and encourage anyone who is experiencing Faith Hate Crime to come forward and report to the council via their on-line hate crime reporting form (click here for form).
Reporting Anti-Muslim(Islamaphobic)/Faith Hate Crime in Lambeth
An anti-Muslim incident is any malicious act aimed at Muslim people, organisations or property, where there is evidence that the incident has anti-Muslim motivation or content, or that the victim was targeted because they are (or are believed to be) Muslim.
If you are a victim of an anti-Muslim incident or you have information regarding an anti-Muslim incident that happened to somebody else, you can report via the Metropolitan Police Service, Lambeth Council or Tell Mama.
In an emergency always call the Police on 999, in a non-emergency you can report to the Police via 101.
Tell Mama is an independent Muslim advice and support organisation which specialises in tackling anti-Muslim hate crime. They have a dedicated team which deals with anti-Muslim incidents and provide victim support, whilst respecting your confidentiality at all times. Tell Mama can liaise with the Police and other bodies to help ensure that any incident is dealt with properly.
If you do not want to contact the Police or Lambeth Council directly, then Tell Mama can do so on your behalf as an independent “Third Party Reporter”.
More information is available on the Lambeth Hate Crime Blog.