Opening doors and minds: Wanstead Muslim leader invites Redbridge residents to #VisitMyMosque

PUBLISHED: 07:48 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:06 14 February 2018

Harun Khan, trustee at Redbridge Islamic Centre and deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. Photo: MCB

Harun Khan, trustee at Redbridge Islamic Centre and deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. Photo: MCB


Redbridge residents are being invited to visit a mosque this weekend as part of a national initiative to foster better community relations.

Harun Khan, trustee at Redbridge Islamic Centre and Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. Photo: MCBHarun Khan, trustee at Redbridge Islamic Centre and Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. Photo: MCB

The Redbridge Islamic Centre, in Woodford Avenue, is joining more than 200 mosques across the country in flinging open it’s doors to the community for the Muslim Council of Britian’s #VisitMyMosque day on February 18.

A YouGov poll commissioned by the MCB that more than 90per cent of Britons have never been inside a mosque.

The event follows on from the ‘Our Mosques, Our Future’ conference held last month discussing the evolving role mosques play in modern Britain.

The Recorder spoke with secretary general of the MCB and Wanstead resident Harun Khan to find out more about the what Redbridge residents can learn from the conference and how they can engage with the day.

“There was a lot of interest around our ‘more than a prayer space’ theme and how mosques can begin serving other purpose - such as being a community hub for other activities.” said Mr Khan, commenting on the conference.

“Redbridge mosques are actually doing this a lot.

“For instance, Redbridge Islamic Centre and Ilford Central Mosque both have youth clubs and activities for the elderly.”

Visit My Mosque day comes only weeks after far right terrorist Darren Osborne, 48, was found guilty of murdering Makram Ali, 51, after ploughing into a crowd near London’s Finsbury Park mosque. Asked whether the event may put mosques at risk, Mr Khan said: “There are concerns and harted is growing.

“Each mosque that takes part recieves guidelines and a briefing on how to run the day and security information.”

He added: “One of the ways to dispel hatred is to be more welcoming and get rid of the misconceptions people have.”

“Despite the multi-religious and multi-cultural society we live in, these poll results show that the majority of Britons have not seen what the place of worship of another faith looks like.”

Mosques from across London, South East, Midlands, Scotland, Wales, Lancashire, Yorkshire and the Humber and Northern Ireland will be taking part. Visitors can find their nearest participating Mosque at:

Latest Ilford Stories

42 minutes ago

Town had a player sent off during Tuesday’s defeat at Hullbridge Sports and it proved costly

The former Dagenham & Redbridge full-back discussed why he believes the non-league tournament is important to the O’s

An Ilford carpet shop has released CCTV footage showing the moment a man swiped hundreds of pounds from a shop counter in what is believed to be a coordinated distraction robbery.

Yesterday, 17:08

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal has pledged to make every effort to stop a former South Woodford vicarage and adjoining flats from being converted into a 24-person HMO.

Yesterday, 17:00

The Buckinghamshire-based Rams will visit the capital on Saturday to take on National League leaders Leyton Orient

Yesterday, 16:00

An Ilford shop owner caught with hundreds of packets of illegal cigarettes has been fined more than £4,500.

Yesterday, 16:00

Daggers have been knocked out in the first round in each of the last two seasons

Yesterday, 14:55

Volunteers from the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association (AHDA) used their recently purchased brushcutter to cut back the undergrowth around the 100-year-old fruit trees in the Dick Turpin Orchard ready for next year’s fruiting season.


The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now