Community comes together for Mosque open day
THEY were asked to leave their shoes and any pre-conceived ideas about the Islamic faith at the door.
No topic was off-limits as the Rockhampton Mosque invited visitors in to learn more about the religion and the city's Muslim community.
Jenn Stanley was one who came just to support the event and within minutes was sharing lunch with Nusra Noorudheen.
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About 100 people gathered for the event where guests Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon, Deputy Commissioner for the Anti Discrimination Commission Queensland Neroli Holmes and Imam Uzair Akbar from Brisbane's Holland Park Mosque spoke and answered audience questions.
During his speech, Assistant Commissioner Condon launched the "Standing Together" strategy, aimed at strengthening ties with the Islamic community.
He said it would focus on women, who may be threatened by people when wearing the hijab, and young people susceptible to radicalisation.
"Violence towards others, regardless of race or faith, will not be tolerated," Assistant Commissioner Condon said.
The Assistant Commissioner said there were already police liaison officers in Rockhampton who had built strong partnerships with the Muslim community.
Ms Holmes spoke about the importance of finding the balance between freedom of speech and freedom of religion, with only a small minority of people not tolerant of religious diversity.
In the Q&A session, visitors asked questions on Halal certification, wearing of the hijab, terrorism and the recently-held Reclaim Australia rallies.