17:27 Thursday 31 January 2013

Islam exhibition hopes to 'break down barriers'

Written byROB SMYTH

A SPECIAL three day event has been organised to offer people in Burton a ‘greater insight’ into the Islamic Faith

Exhibition Islam is the brainchild of Shaid Hussain and the Midlands Muslim Community in an effort to ‘remove the divide’ between people of different faiths in the town.

The event will feature discussions on a range of topics, film shows, food stalls, music and poetry.

Mr Hussain, who owns Good News, in High Street, revealed he is ‘excited’ about the upcoming event.

He told the Mail: “Burton is a good town but there is a lack of social and religious cohesion.

“There is a lack of understanding among all faiths and we wanted to organise an event that would bring people together to learn a bit more about Islam.

“It will allow anybody who wants to learn more to come along and ask questions and share experiences.

“It is an important step for the community and will hopefully help break down a few barriers and bring Burton together.”

Among the topics being discussed are the five pillars and the basic beliefs of Islam, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, The Quran, the status of women in Islam, Islamic architecture and art and other faiths relationships with Islam.

People will be able even experience Henna hand painting as part of the three day event.

It will take place from 10am to 8pm on Monday, February 25 to Wednesday, February 27 at the Brewhouse, in Union Street.

The event is free of charge and will also include a wide selection of traditional food.

It is being supported by a range of organisations including Burton and South Derbyshire College, Burton Town Centre Management and East Staffordshire Borough Council.

More information is available by calling 01283 845017 or email exhibitionislam@yahoo.co.uk

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