Mosques extend warm welcome

AS Donald Trump was doing his best to close America's doors, mosques in Leeds were opening theirs as part of a national initiative to reach out and give people a greater understanding of Islam.

Sunday, 5th February 2017, 6:03 pm
Updated Sunday, 5th February 2017, 6:11 pm
Date:5th February 2017. Picture James Hardisty. Open day at the Iqra Centre, Carr Manor Cresent, Moortown, Leeds. Pictured (left to right) Abdulhadi Umer Farooqi, Faiima Zehra Farooqi, Ayesha Waseem, Eman Rashid, and Saad Rashid.

Iqra Centre, in Moortown and the city’s biggest mosque, Leeds Grand Mosque, in Hyde Park, were among around 150 across the country, to welcome members of the local community to meet their diverse Muslim congregations.

The annual event is part of efforts to break through stereotypes about Islam and its constant association with a minority radical element.

As well as guided tours and a Calligraphic workshop, there was music from around the Muslim world, a chance to ask questions and to observe prayer in the mosque.

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Prayers at the Iqra Centre, Carr Manor Cresent, Moortown, Leeds.
Pictured during prayers Haneen Shubib. Ptcure James Hardisty
Prayers at the Iqra Centre, Carr Manor Cresent, Moortown, Leeds.
Pictured during prayers Haneen Shubib. Ptcure James Hardisty