The Islamic Association of Lincoln is opening the doors of the Lincoln Mosque on Orchard Street to local residents of all faiths and none to give them a true experience of Islam.
As part of the nationally recognised Visit My Mosque Day, on Sunday, February 7, people will be able to explore the centre of Muslim worship and learn from those who worship there.
People will be given guided tours of the building, free refreshments and the chance to observe prayer.
Dr. Tanweer Ahmed, Chairman of the Islamic Association of Lincoln said: “The Lincoln Mosque will be opening its doors and inviting local residents of all faiths and none to explore the architecture and history of the building and the beliefs and practice of those who worship there.
“The organisers aim to make local people more familiar and comfortable with Islam, a religion constantly associated in the press with a minority radical element.
“The day will feature tours, free refreshments and a chance to observe prayer in the mosque. Lincoln local residents are welcome to visit us any time from 10am to 1.30pm at the Lincoln Mosque, Orchard Street, Lincoln LN1 1XX.”
The mosque on Orchard Street, formerly the Baptist Church, was put up for sale in 1981, when the then small Muslim community purchased it for £5,000.
The building has been serving the community for over 30 years and has ben an invaluable centre for uniting and serving the community.
Only serving a maximum of 60 people, it has been struggling to meet the need of the growing community, therefore plans were lodged by the association for the first purpose-built mosque in the city.
The road to the building of the new mosque has been met with contestation by some, with a number of protests being help in the city against the building.