11:02AM, Monday 25 November 2013
The doors of Maidenhead Mosque were opened to the public on Saturday.
Hundreds of people were welcomed for the religious centre’s open day, which was arranged as part of the national Inter Faith Week.
“It's been a really good turn out,” said Zia Mahiudin of the Islamic Trust Maidenhead
"It's an opportunity for us to come together and open up the mosque and work together and promote the partnerships we have.
"We want to promote the work we have been doing in the community."
He explained that the open day was just one of the events and projects that had been organised this year to mark the mosque's 30th anniversary.
Its food bank was officially launched on the day, which will collect food to support the Open Kitchen charity.
There was also plenty of delicious, freshly prepared Asian food on offer, which the majority of visitors gleefully obliged in sampling.
Visitors - including the mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner and Maidenhead MP Theresa May - were able to browse exhibitions featuring rare artefacts and displays chronicling the history of the religion.
Prayer demonstrations, tours and the opportunity to ask a scholar also provided insight into the Holmanleaze centre and its work in the community.
Mr Mahiudin also explained that the event was a great opportunity to dispel any myths or reservations people may have about the mosque and the Muslim community.
The open day was held in the same week two men were sentenced for scrawling racist graffiti on the building in June, in the wake of a suspected Islamist attack in Woolwich.
"We take a holistic approach to the community and invite everyone to come," he said.
"We want to educate people and break down barriers.
"We would open the doors and invite everyone from all walks of life to show them what we're all about."
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