The Visit My Mosque Program, a unique interfaith initiative involving opening up mosques for visitors of other faiths was held at Akbar Mosque in Colombo on 26th of March, 2017. The public ‘Open Mosque Day’ was the first of its kind and was an immense success with nearly 100 visitors participating to learn about Islam and the role of mosques. Visitors were also offered free calligraphy of their names in beautiful Arabic script and traditional Muslim foods among other things.
Asiff Hussein, Vice President, Outreach, Centre for Islamic Studies, which organized the program in association with the Trustees of Akbar Mosque, said that the event was the first of its kind in Sri Lanka and follows the example of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) who hosted a delegation of Christians from Najran in his mosque in Medina. He added that they planned to have similar events in the near future.