10 March 2020
We’re opening our Mosques and people’s minds, but our hearts are still brokenVictorian Mosque Open Day 2020
On Sunday March 15, thirty mosques and Islamic centres from across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will participate in the fourth annual Mosque Open Day, an event that grows with each year.
The ICV along with its member societies encourage all Victorians to visit a participating mosque in their local area. They will be met with warm smiles and delicious food and will be provided with an insight into the important role mosques play for the Muslim community.
“Most of all, our friends and our neighbours, our fellow Victorians, will know that mosques are open and welcoming places not only today but every day”, commented ICV President Mohamed Mohideen.
Last year’s Victorian Mosque Open Day took place in the immediate aftermath of the horrific attacks on Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch.
The response from our fellow Victorians was extraordinarily kind and heartfelt, and provided needed comfort during the intense period of grieving.
At the time we said: “We hope and pray that.…this is a genuine turning point for our community. Your message is loud and clear, no more hate, no more racism and Islamophobia, no more scapegoating and fear mongering.”
Sadly, we are still suffering from the scourge of anti-Muslim hate. If anything, the situation has become more dire with the ongoing rise of reported incidents, and the growing presence of extreme far right neo-Nazi rhetoric in the online and offline space here and around the world.
The need to stamp out vilification and hate speech which leads to dehumanisation and violence is more urgent than ever.
The ICV calls upon government at all levels, and the Commonwealth Government in particular, to take decisive action to deal with this real and present danger both through legislation and public campaigns.
“Complacency can only lead to more tragedies”, warned Mr. Mohideen.
For further information contact ICV Media Spokesperson Adel Salman 0421 059 095