The Darul Imaan Masjid at Wolli Creek hosted the event.
Launched as part of ICNSW’s Islamic Awareness Month campaign in September, it provided an opportunity for a mosque to open its doors to Muslims and non-Muslims for a full day of programs, food and entertainment activities.
The program invites cross-cultural and intra-community dialogue allowing knowledge and experiences to be transmitted within the community.
This in turn helps build capacity within the mosque for stronger community engagement as well as for public relations.
Traditionally, Islamic townships did not have town halls or community centers. They had mosques. Just like at Darul Imaan Masjid, these mosques had:
The above features were pointed out to the attendees.
Many Muslims who attended had never visited Masjid Darul Imaan before and had never sampled Malay cuisine before.
Sheikh Soner Cronulu was the speaker on the day.
During the event there were a number of talks about community development and Islamic awareness. Passionate communal invocations and Quran were recited in the mosque.
The event invited attendees to imagine what a small mosque could fulfil for local communities if they were opened more regularly. For example, the power of the melodious Quran recitation was often used in traditional Islamic societies to help congregants to reflect on Islamic teachings and to uplift their state of mind.
It was an eye opener for Muslims and people of other faiths alike.
Conversations, henna arts and other crafts were available for all to enjoy.