PEOPLE have flocked to a special exhibition aiming to provide an in-depth look into the Islamic faith.
Organisers described the response to Exhibition Islam, based at the Brewhouse arts centre, in Union Street, as ‘fantastic’ and said they hoped the event would help people understand ‘Islam is not the enemy’.
Shaid Hussain, who organised the event with the Midlands Muslim Community and East Staffordshire Borough Council, beamed with delight as he surveyed a packed venue at the start of the three-day event.
He told the Mail: “We have seen a real diverse mix of people, of all ages, faiths and walks of life, coming to have a look at the exhibition.
“The response has been fantastic and we couldn’t have hoped for any better after all the hard work and planning that has gone into the event.
“The idea is to expand on what Islam is and explain that to people – whether they know very little or want to expand on what they already know.
“We want people to know that Islam is not an alien concept – it is here, has been here for a long time and is here to stay. So the more people that know about it, the better.
“This is not a mission to convert people – it’s a mission to better educate people so we can all get along and understand each other a lot better.
“We want people to know that Islam is not the enemy and we think this exhibition is the perfect way to get that message across.”
The event features discussions on a range of topics, film shows, food stalls, music and poetry.
Mr Hussain, who owns Good News, in High Street, added: “If anyone has not yet attended please come along, ask some questions and get involved.
“It doesn’t matter how old you are, or what religion you are part of – we just to forge better links across the town.”
Among the topics being discussed are the five pillars and the basic beliefs of Islam, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, The Qur’an, the status of women in Islam, Islamic architecture and art and other faiths’ relationships with Islam along, with a host of films being shown concerning the Islamic faith.
People will also be able to experience Henna hand painting.
It will continue from 10am to 8pm today and tomorrow.
The event is free to enter and there will be a wide selection of traditional food available.
The event is 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 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org