Georgia State (IINA) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) announced that Muslim communities across the state will host the second annual Visit a Mosque Day on Saturday, 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.”
Source: International Islamic News Agency