Kilbirnie Mosque Open Day 31/8/13
THE INTERNATIONAL MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 AUGUST 2013
KILBIRNIE MOSQUE OPEN DAY
Saturday 31 August 2013, 10am – 3pm
7-11 Queens Drive, Kilbirnie
Haven’t met a Muslim? Want to know more about Islam? Never visited a mosque? Here is your chance to address all three!
As part of Islam Awareness Week, the Kilbirnie Mosque is throwing open its doors and its cupboards to Wellingtonians – not only can you talk to Muslims, learn about Islam, and see what is beneath the minaret but you can also:
• Try on Muslim clothing – how DO you tie a hijab?
• Write your name in Arabic calligraphy
• Have traditional henna hand-painting
• Watch videos
• Eat food from some of the 40+ ethnicities that make up our Wellington Muslim community, and buy their crafts.
The posters, information stalls, displays and personal guides will help you learn about the basics of Islam, and understand the Islamic perspective on life and topical world issues, while the kids enjoy:
FREE CANDYFLOSS!!! A JUMPING CASTLE!!! FACE-PAINTING!!! GAMES!!!
This year’s theme is The Role of Youth in the Community – hear from Muslims young and old about their views of the role of youth, and how Islam prepares them for their futures – and ours.
Pamphlets, DVDs, booklets and much more will be on display - you are welcome to take these with you to read/watch in your own time. You will also be able to talk to Muslims and ask them questions directly, about their beliefs, their lives, their histories and their hopes.
We are part of the New Zealand community – we now invite you to be part of ours, even if only for a day!
Ahlan wa Sahlan (Kia Ora) to Kilbirnie Mosque!
Islam Awareness Week is a nationwide initiative led by The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) aimed at promoting understanding of Islamic beliefs and principles, and tackling misconceptions about Islam in a positive way. The International Muslim Association of New Zealand (IMAN) is the Wellington based Islamic organization and a cornerstone member of FIANZ.