Binil opens mosque doors to community this weekend
ROCKHAMPTON'S Binil Kattiparambil just wants one thing in life- peace within his community.
The local secretary and spokesperson of the Islamic Society of Central Queensland is holding a National Mosque Open Day at the Rockhampton Mosque this weekend to open the doors to a place, and a religion, that he believes can sometimes be misunderstood by people.
Binil, originally from Dubai, said the aim of the mosque open day was to bring everyone together as a community and mutually understand each other.
"The open day is purely a community centred event," he said.
"We're trying to bring local politicians, leaders in the community and community members together so that we mutually understand each other. We believe it's an educational day for everyone where Muslims learn about non-Muslims and vice versa.
"The way we see it is that there's a fine balance to maintain peace and harmony in the community so these anti-Islam rallies and views that spread hatred is disrupting this balance. In recent times there's been rallies in the region and comments made from the public but what we want to say to those people is to come along to our open day and ask us any questions you have.
"There's a lot of fear which is driven from the internet and social media, there's a lot of things circulating about Islam and Muslims that is not true and unfortunately people rely on these sources. The aim of the open day is to open our doors, invite the community in and answer the questions people want to ask us."
The local engineer said the Muslims who live in the Rockhampton community just want to be a part of the place they call home and live peacefully.
"What we've learned from the rallies and groups is that Australians want peace and Muslims want peace," he said.
"At previous open days we've had up to 200 people come in with a lot of questions, which we look forward to answering, and most of those people left with a hug and had the answers to their questions. We want people to be educated by us and not from misconceptions in the media or online."
MOSQUE OPEN DAY:
When: Saturday, October 31 from 10am to 1.30pm.
Where: Rockhampton Mosque, 132 Kent St, Rockhampton.
Activities: multi-cultural food festival, Q&A session, henna painting and more.