Open day ‘ to promote harmony’

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Open door... Mataura Muslim Association secretary Afriffin Abidin welcomes people to visit the Mataura Mosque to find out more about Islam and build relationships with their Muslim neighbours. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Mataura’s Muslim congregation is opening its doors to the community.

An open day will be held on Saturday at the mosque in Mataura from 10.30am to 3pm.

Mataura Muslim Association secretary Ariffin Abidin said since the group bought the former Anglican church in Mataura it had not welcomed the community for a visit.

“It’s about time for us to introduce ourselves,” Mr Abidin said.

The group also wanted to increase the community’s awareness of Islam.

“We open our doors for everybody to see.”

Many people did not have an accurate understanding of the religion because of the way Muslims were portrayed in the media.

“We want to promote harmony through education and correcting some misconceptions about Islam.

“We kill all the prejudice.”

People would also be able to ask questions.

Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks and Gore District Council Mataura ward councillor Neville Phillips were coming to the event.

The official part of the day would start at 11am with a welcome and introduction to Islam but people would be free to come and go as they wished, Mr Abidin said.

Barbecue food would be provided.