The Islamic Center of Burlington is holding an open house in the hopes of providing insight into Islamic prayer, and practice and beliefs.

The open house will be held noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the mosque, 130 Lexington St. in Burlington. The open house is free to the public. A snow date is set for Sunday, Feb. 18.

“It’s a way for us to invite the community in,” said Ali Rabbani of Woburn, president of the board of directors of the mosque. “We are hoping that, in a way, it will inspire others ­ the churches, the synagogues ­ to do the same, so people will get to know all religions this way.”

Scheduled activities include refreshments, followed by a tour at 12:30 p.m., a lecture at 1:30 p.m. and question-and-answer session at 2:30 p.m. with a final tour at 3:45 p.m.

The open house will allow also non-Muslims to observe two of the five prayers which Muslims observe each day. The prayers are held at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The lecture speaker is Johannah Segarich, a music instructor at Middlesex Community College and a former professional classical singer. A convert to Islam, she frequently lectures at interfaith events.

The event marks the first open house at the mosque, after the Islamic Center of Burlington purchased a former Knights of Columbus building at the Lexington Street location in 2004.


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