Invitation for non-Muslims to take part in Eid celebrations
With a motto of ‘promoting peaceful coexistence’ and the spirit of Eid, non-Muslims have been invited to join the Eid celebrations at the Kingdom’s largest mosque today. This comes as Ahmed Al Fateh Islamic Centre is all set to host an Eid Open House event at Al Fateh Grand Mosque. On the second and third day of Eid, the Kingdom’s largest mosque will welcome non-Muslims, treating them to a special Eid experience.
Ahmed Al Fateh Islamic Centre co-ordinator Farahat Al Kindy told Tribune that Eid Open House has become very popular and a huge number of guests are expected to attend. “In line with its official policy to promote peaceful coexistence and interfaith dialogue, the Ahmed Al Fateh Islamic Centre is pleased to host a very special Eid Open House event on the 2nd and 3rd days of Eid holidays. This corresponds to August 12th and 13th, 2019 from 9 am- 4 pm on both days.
“The main purpose of this function is to provide a unique opportunity for people of all faiths to join us in celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid Al Adha and learn about the Islamic and Bahraini culture during the Eid festivals,” Ahmed Al Fateh Islamic Centre stated in a statement issued. “For the past 20 years, our centre has warmly welcomed all non-Muslim expatriates and tourists from all nationalities who wish to visit this great architectural landmark of Bahrain. “Visitors will be treated to traditional Bahraini hospitality in a very tranquil and friendly atmosphere.
“In addition, there will be several other attractions such as Arabic calligraphy and the Children’s corner. “The visitors will also be given a free guided tour of the Grand Mosque and briefed on the importance of Eid and the history of the pilgrimage to Makkah,” the statement added. Eid Open House events have grown exceptionally since it began in 1999. The turnout for the first year was in the twenties while second year it rose to 98 and now thousands of visitors turn up during Eid open house events, Mr Al Kindi noted.
Speaking to Tribune, Mr Al Kindi explained that a number of stalls have been arranged. He said that around a hundred volunteers are expected to work as tour guides at the mosque. “The numbers of full time employees are only a few and so we depend on volunteers for the smooth running of the event.”