(ATLANTA, GA, 3/9/17) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today announced that Muslim communities across the state will host the second annual “Visit a Mosque Day” on Saturday, March 11 (3 to 6 p.m.) despite recent threats to Islamic houses of worship.
During the state-wide event, more than 20 participating Georgia mosques plan to welcome people of all faiths for interfaith open houses, which will include a tour of each mosque, a presentation about American Muslim beliefs and practices and a Q&A session.
In light of threatening messages sent to four Georgia mosques in February, event organizers are encouraging each participating mosque to ensure the presence of local law enforcement during the interfaith open house.
“Georgia’s Muslim community is moving full steam ahead with ”˜Visit a Mosque Day,’ as planned,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. “Although each mosque should take additional security precautions, we cannot allow anonymous bigots to prevent us from building bridges of understanding with our neighbors.”
During Visit a Mosque Day in 2016, thousands of Georgians visited mosques in a number of cities, as close as Atlanta and as far away as Athens.
“Although most mosques are always open to the public, ”˜Visit a Mosque Day’ offers all Georgians a chance to meet and greet their Muslims neighbors in a casual setting,” said Rosemin Omar, one of the event organizers. “Given the surge in hate speech and hate crimes across our nation, ”˜Visit a Mosque Day’ is all the more important. We hope that events like this will help foster a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood across our communities.”
WHAT: 2nd annual Visit a Mosque Day: http://www.atlantamuslim.com/vamd/
WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 3 to 6 p.m., God willing
”¢ Al-Farooq Masjid
”¢ East Cobb Islamic Center
”¢ Gwinnett Islamic Circle
”¢ Roswell Community Masjid
”¢ Madina Institute
”¢ Islamic Community Center of Atlanta
”¢ Hamzah Islamic Center
”¢ Allatoona Masjid and Community Center
”¢ Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam
”¢ Islamic Center of North Fulton
”¢ Islamic Center Duluth
”¢ Islamic Center of Macon
”¢ Islamic Center of Middle Georgia
”¢ Islamic Center of Savannah
”¢ Masjid Omar bin Abdul Aziz
”¢ Masjid Suffah of Kennesaw
”¢ Masjid Al-Momineen
”¢ Masjid Al-Quba
”¢ Masjid Al-Rahman
”¢ Henry County Islamic Center
”¢ Masjid Uthman
”¢ Council on American-Islamic Relations (Georgia Chapter)
”¢ Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta