A state-of-the art mosque in Bradford is getting set to throw its doors open to the public again. The open days next month mean visitors will be able to find out what the mosque, which last year beat opposition from 1,000 others to be crowned Britain’s best mosque, is all about. One of the organiser of the Connecting Cultures event Abida Rafiqu said the events at the Madni Jamia Masjid, in Thornbury, was designed to give people first-hand experience and understanding of Islam. As well as children from across the district, students from as far away as York and Barnsley will also be visiting on Monday, October 20, and Tuesday, October 21, to join in the hands-on programme of activities, talks and exhibitions. Henna tatoos, arabic calligraphy, a call to prayer and tour around the mosque are some of the events being planned – as well as a video being filmed by the mosque’s young people.

And there will be a showcase exhibition of the history of faith communities in the city and how they have evolved, including images of Bradford’s diverse mosques.

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