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Talk to Muslims: open day at Kilbirnie Mosque

Press Release – Islam Awareness Week
Haven’t met a Muslim? Want to know more about Islam? Never visited a mosque? Here is your chance to address all three. As part of Islam Awareness Week, the Kilbirnie Mosque in Queens Drive is throwing open its doors and its cupboards to Wellingtonians on Saturday from 10 till 3.

Now can you talk to Muslims, learn about Islam, and see what is beneath the minaret but you can also:

• Try on Muslim clothing – how DO you tie a hijab?

• Write your name in Arabic calligraphy

• Have traditional henna hand-painting

• Watch videos

• Eat food from some of the 40+ ethnicities that make up our Wellington Muslim community, and buy their crafts.

The posters, information stalls, displays and personal guides will help you learn about the basics of Islam, and understand the Islamic perspective on life and topical world issues, while the kids enjoy:


This year’s theme is The Role of Youth in the Community – hear from Muslims young and old about their views of the role of youth, and how Islam prepares them for their futures – and ours.

Pamphlets, DVDs, booklets and much more will be on display – you are welcome to take these with you to read/watch in your own time. You will also be able to talk to Muslims and ask them questions directly, about their beliefs, their lives, their histories and their hopes.

We are part of the New Zealand community – we now invite you to be part of ours, even if only for a day.
Ahlan wa Sahlan (Kia Ora) to Kilbirnie Mosque!

Islam Awareness Week is a nationwide initiative led by The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) aimed at promoting understanding of Islamic beliefs and principles, and tackling misconceptions about Islam in a positive way. The International Muslim Association of New Zealand (IMAN) is the Wellington based Islamic organization and a cornerstone member of FIANZ.

Press Release – Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand
The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) present this year’s annual Islam Awareness Week (IAW), to be held from Monday, 26 August to Sunday, 1 September. This internationally recognised event celebrates Islam and Muslims around the world.

Throughout this week, events will be held in Mosques, Islamic Centres, Universities, and community spaces to present a unique and intimate look at Islam and the Muslim community in New Zealand. The week offers a platform for Muslims to dispel common misconceptions in society as well as a way to celebrate their own uniqueness and contributions to the wider community.

According to the 2006 census, 37,000 Muslims reside in New Zealand, these coming from various ethnic backgrounds, with a significant proportion of them being New Zealand born, including about 4,000 who are identified as Pakeha or Maori.

This year`s theme is “The Role of Youth in the Community” and will be celebrated through events across the country organised and promoted by young Muslims.

This year, for the first time, IAW 2013 will be observed in conjunction with the Diversity Forum organised by the Human Rights Commission. The week will open with the official launch on Monday, 26 August at Te Wharewaka Function Centre, Jervois Quay, Wellington. At this event, the Harmony Award will be presented to deserving individuals who have been identified as having worked over the years to reach out to the Muslim community.

Islam Awareness Week will culminate on Saturday, 31 August with ‘Islam Open Day’ at the Kilbirnie Mosque.

FIANZ invites all New Zealanders to participate in the week’s events and to reach out to Muslim neighbours, local Mosques, Muslim communities, as we all work towards bridging the gaps between the communities in the diverse and rich multicultural landscape that is Aotearoa.

1 comment:

  1. AMR, 26. August 2013, 5:38

    Excellent initiative to dispel the negative image about Islam.