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Imam Saeed Ur Rahman
Imam Saeed Ur Rahman

Aisha Mosque Open Day

The members of Aisha Mosque and community centre, in Walsall, held an open day on Sunday 15th of January 2006. We went to visit them.

Neighbours, inquisitive families and representatives from local organisations attended Aisha Mosque's informal open day, on an overcast Sunday afternoon, 15th of January 2006.

Visitors mingle at the mosque
Visitors mingle at the mosque

Aisha Mosque is the largest of Walsall's mosques and was established thirty years ago. The centre, in Rutter Street, regularly holds open days - the aim being to give all members of the local community an insight into the Muslim way of life.

At Sunday's event, visitors received a very warm welcome from the mosque's religious leader Imam Saeed Ur Rahman.

Guests gathered on the first floor, in the large room usually used by women for prayer. Members of the mosque led tours of the building, and used exhibits and posters to answer questions about Islam. Guests were allowed to observe the men praying.

Aisha Mosque, Rutter Street, Walsall
Aisha Mosque, Rutter Street, Walsall

At about 2pm Imam Rahman gave a welcome speech to the assembled visitors.

Then Zahid Akhtar, student and President of the Islamic Society at the University of Wolverhampton read from the Qur'an. Mariam, 15, sang a song, before a guest speaker from a mosque in Wolverhampton spoke about the importance of faith and the 'common ground' that many of the major religions share. 

The event closed with guests and mosque members sitting down together and eating a meal.

Ladies at the mosque
Shamina and friend

Imran worships at Aisha Mosque. He said: "We're here today to open our doors to the wider community. To show them what Eid means to us - the holy day we just celebrated a few days ago.

"And just to give an insight into how Muslims live in this country, what our day-to-day lives entail and what kind of practices we do. 

"A lot of the time there are misunderstandings - we just want to present Islam as it truly is, practiced by the majority of people in this country."

Aisha Mosque contact details

Men praying at Aisha Mosque
Men praying at Aisha Mosque

Address: 4 Rutter Street, Walsall, England, United Kingdom, WS1 4HN 
Telephone: +44 (0)1922 620982 


last updated: 26/05/10
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Lil miss perfect
I really liked the mosque open day. Nice to see the mosque. I personally liked the whole idea of one cuz i like learning new things. Mayb i'll cum to the next one. over all it was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

i didnt like the whole picture taking thing as it is forbidden in islam im not a practising muslim but, this is a mosque surely picture takings shudnt be done, so i was very disappointed.

Adnan Ahmed , Walsall ,Pleck
SalaamI really enjoyed this day that the mosque was open to any one. People can learn more about Islam and think the right instead of the wrong. Inshallah there will be more of these days and events and many more people will join in and learn.Salaam ,Adnan Ahmed , Walsall ,Pleck

It waz wicked i thought it waz outstandin

Syed Danish Ali
Its so nice to see the way people work for islam out there in western countries i m glad and desperate to see aisha mosque

Yes of course you can draw the Mosque. Just make sure we get a copy of your drawing.

salamualaykum/could i draw your mosque?

S. Rehman
The open day was truly a heart warming experience and a well deserved thanks to BBC for providng excellent coverage.

It’s good to see the Muslim community making an effort to clear stereotypes. I’m in education and it would have been a real eye opener for me. I’m quite sad I missed it. I’m glad the BBC covered it because Islam has not had the best coverage in recent times.

The event was well organised, the coverage by BBC reporter Ciaran was exceptional. Thank you for spreading Islam in its true light..

Ma'shallah, its good to see that muslims can be so welcoming to their community and help clear misunderstandings about Islam. BBc has done a good job, lets hope it can remain so in the future with other rleigous event coverings too.

Dr Ghulam Ashraf
A good initiative which should be supported more widely. They should also share good practice with other mosques/organisations in the community to encourage broader participation.

G Khan
At last the BBC is providing something positive about Muslims. I hope in the future it can provie more opportunities.

its great that the BBC haev shown so much coverage on such an event. I would just like to thank you on behalf of the muslim community for such coverage.

Arefa Lorgat
Well done - building bridges with the local community is the path to an understanding and stable society.

I am pleased to see the BBC is making an effort to address the somewhat imbalanced coverage of Islam and Muslims. I also congratulate Aisha Mosque for making an effort to aid community cohesion. Well done to all and I look forward to similar events in the future.

Asfia Waheed
Lovely to see pictures of the Aisha Mosque. Would be nice if this open day could be advertised a bit more as I did not know about it at all.

Saeed ur Rahman
It is commendable that BBC has given mosque such a coverage. It shall indeed remove many misunderstandings in the minds of host community. I wish it should continue.

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