Mosque opens its doors for all

GEOFF LEWIS
Last updated 13:33 21/08/2014
t Ismail Gamadid
FAIRFAX NZ
MOSQUE OPEN: Waikato Muslim Association president Ismail Gamadid at the Hamilton Mosque.

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Hamilton's mosque will be opened to the public this Saturday as the finale of the 2014 Islam Awareness week.

President of the Waikato Muslim Association Ismail Gamadid said the open day was a nationwide feature of the event and would allow the public to meet the local Islamic community.

"Ever since 9/11 we have worked to better educate the public about Islam.

"We have opened ourselves to the public and invited people to come into the mosque to learn more about Islam and what we practice so people can understand that what some people are doing is not Islam."

The open day caps a week of activities which included an interfaith discussion between representatives of the Islamic, Jewish and Christian faiths - the "People of the Book" focused on the concept of 'charity'.

The Waikato Muslim Association is a member of The Waikato Interfaith Council, which includes representatives of groups including Anglicans, Baha'i, Catholics, Mormons, Hindus, Jews, Methodists, Muslims, Presbyterians, Quakers, Buddhists and Sikhs.

Gamadid has been president of the Waikato Muslim Association for 12 years during a period of huge growth in the Islamic community, which now numbers about 3200 members in the Waikato region covering 45 cultural groups.

The Hamilton Mosque, on the corner of Heaphy Tce and Boundary Rd will be open this Saturday, August 23, from 10am till 4pm.

The event will give the public the opportunity to talk to members of the Islamic community, view videos, enjoy traditional foods and visit the community's recently opened early childhood and after school centre.

geoff.lewis@fairfaxmedia.co.nz

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