Meet Rhode Island’s Islamic Community at Open Mosques

The one-day event was inspired by similar projects in Great Britain and Massachusetts.

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On Saturday, May 20, four mosques in Rhode Island will open their doors to the public for a day of food, education and fun.

Open Mosques Rhode Island piggybacks on the success of Massachusetts’ Open Mosque Day in March, during which seventeen mosques were open to the public. Great Britain also hosted Visit My Mosque Day in February; more than 150 mosques participated.

“Given the current political climate we find ourselves in and the rise of Islamophobia, it’s something that is definitely needed,” says Aisha Manzoor, secretary of the Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement. “The leaders of the mosques within Rhode Island are constantly telling their congregations that we need to step out of ourselves.”

The event, which takes place between 2 and 4 p.m., invites the public to visit mosques in North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Providence and Kingston for refreshments and opportunities to connect with Muslim neighbors. The mosques will host live readings of the Quran, tours, informational tables with literature on the Muslim faith and fun opportunities to try on a hijab, or headscarf, or get a henna tattoo. The leaders of each mosque will also be available to answer questions.

“Come in and learn,” says Manzoor, whose husband serves as imam at Masjid Al-Islam in North Smithfield. “We’re people, just like everyone else. We don’t expect to reach everyone out there, but this is just to further promote what we’re all about. Everyone is welcome.”

Visit one of four Rhode Island mosques on May 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. Masjid Al-Islam, 40 Sayles Hill Rd., North Smithfield; Masjid Al-Kareem, 39 Haskins St., Providence; Masjid Al-Hoda, 60 Fortin Rd., Kingston; or Masjid Al-Rahman, 18 Dunnell Ln., Pawtucket. ricma.org

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