Caring and sharing our cultural heritage – ICV’s Victorian Mosque Open Day 2019
The Australian Muslim community is a multicultural phenomenon in itself – and proud Victorian Muslims are celebrating their diversity through caring and sharing.
Cultural Diversity Week (March 16 -24) and Harmony Day (March 21) are Victoria’s largest multicultural celebrations, featuring week-long programs of festivals and events in metropolitan and regional areas.
This year, the Islamic Council of Victoria’s (ICV) annual Victorian Mosque Open Day will run in line with both festivals, and will see Mosques across Victoria open their doors and hearts for visitors from any race, belief and gender on Sunday, March 17 between 10-4pm.
The Australian Muslim community is adorned with an estimated 63 different backgrounds, and 200,000 Muslims call Victoria home. The Victorian Muslim community is diverse with cultural backgrounds from Albania, Pakistan, Bosnia, Lebanon, Burma, Egypt, Afghanistan and many more.
ICV’s Victorian Mosque Open Day project launched in 2017 and has become an annual hit since. Thousands of Victorians have flocked to a local Mosque near them to get to know their Muslim neighbours, partaking in guided Mosque tours, hijab tutorials, henna tattoo art, jumping castles, sausage sizzles and discussions about Islamic beliefs.
The state-wide annual event, supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission and Victorian Government (Office of Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion) and Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) is back this year partaking in the community spirit of Cultural Diversity Week and Harmony Day.
ICV president Mohamed Mohideen said the Victorian Muslim community was proud of its successful multicultural society, “sharing our cultural heritage is part of celebrating what it means to be truly Australian.”
“It is about celebrating the benefits of our multicultural society which has come about as a result of the successful integration of migrants into the Australian community. Victorian Muslims are proud members of that team and we are caring and sharing people.”
“The best of friends in the sight of Allah (Most High) is the one who is best to his friend, and the best of neighbours in the sight of Allah (Most High) is the one who is best to his neighbour.” [at-Tirmidhi]
The following 21 mosques and Islamic communities will open their doors on the day anytime between 10-4pm;
* Albanian Islamic Centre of Dandenong (10-4pm)
12 Dalgety Street, Dandenong South
* Albanian Mosque – Albanian Australian Islamic Society (10-4pm)
765 Drummond St, Carlton North
*Australian Bosnian Islamic Centre (10-4pm)
285 Station Rd, Deer Park
* Australian Islamic Centre (10-4pm)
23/31 Blenheim Rd, Newport
* Benevolence Australia (11-3pm)
125 George St, Doncaster East
* Doncaster Mosque – UMMA Centre (11-2pm)
72 George St, Doncaster East
* El Sedeaq Heidelberg Mosque (10-4pm)
32 Elliott St, Heidelberg Heights
* Geelong Mosque – Islamic Society of Geelong (10-2pm)
45-47 Bostok Avenue, Manifold Heights
* Golden Wattle Mosque (10-4pm)
700 Davis Rd, Tarneit
* Hallam Mosque (IEWA) (10-2pm)
131-133 Hallam Rd, Narre Warren North
* ICMG Meadow Heights Mosque (11-3pm)
15-17 Hudson Circuit, Meadow Heights
* ICV City Mosque (10-4pm)
66-68 Jeffcott St, Melboure West
* IISCA Brunswick Islamic Centre (10-4pm)
31 Edward St, Brunswick
* Islamic Museum of Australia (10-4pm)
15A Anderson Rd, Thornbury
* Light of Hidayah (10-4pm)
6 Victor Street, Morwell
* Monash Mosque – Islamic Association of Monash (11-3pm)
16 Beddoe Ave, Clayton
* Omar Farooq Mosque (10-4pm)
14-16 Photomia St, Doveton
* Preston Mosque – Islamic Society of Victoria (10-4pm)
90 Cramer St, Preston
* Virgin Mary Mosque (10-4pm)
143A Hogans Road, Hoppers Crossing
* Masjid IMCV Westall (10-4pm)
130 Rosebank Ave, Clayton South
* Bosnia & Herzegovina Islamic Society (10-4pm)
18 Leonard Ave, Noble Park
Find your nearest participating mosque, new Mosques who come on board and keep up to date with the Victorian Mosque Open Day here.