Sunday, 16 January 2011

Mosque Open Day Plan

The following is taken from a workshop on "How to hold a Mosque Open Day" that was held last year.

REMEMBER : An Open Day will not happen by talking about. It will only happen if a person takes REPONSIBILITY for MAKING IT HAPPEN.

AIM
To give people an opportunity to show what activites happen at a mosque
To share common values
To offer a chance for dialogue
To show what happens in a masjid

RESOURCES
You will require:
An Imam,
Food and Drink,
Some people to generally help out

Leaflets to deliver to locality for publicity

PREPARATION
Prepare your publicity leaflets at least three weeks before the event.
Make sure you SEND THE LEAFLETS OUT – People are not telepathic.

ON THE DAY
Ask the visitors for their opinion, what do they want? How can you help them? Perhaps homework clubs? Litter picking?
Remember - people will judge you by your actions not by your words
Imam - Make sure the Imam is available to answer questions
Prayer Hall - Allow people to sit in the prayer hall and appreciate its peacefulness
Food - Make sure this is available and well presented
Get feedback from visitors

AFTERWARDS
Start planning the next open day. One event is not enough - you have a lot of catching up to do!

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