The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati is welcoming the public this weekend for tours of its mosque.
Since opening in 1995, the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, which is located in West Chester Twp., has hosted open houses and tours for the public. The next event is set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.
“We’ve had an incredible response,” said Shakila Ahmad, president of the board of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. “We’re expecting more than 400 people.”
She said the event is open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We have to allow people to learn, connect and meet with people to get to know each other,” Ahmad said.
Here are 5 things to know about the Islamic Center:
- The Islamic Center opened in 1995 and is located on 18 highly-visible acres between Interstate 75’s Cincinnati-Dayton Road and Tylersville Road exits
- Added since then are 20 classrooms to accommodate the growing Sunday school needs as well as the independently run El’ Sewedy International Academy of Cincinnati Center.
- Ahmad estimates that the Islamic Center has managed to reach more than 75,000 people in its 20-year history.
- People can tour the mosque and learn how Muslims use their place of worship. Because, Ahmad said, there is a tremendous amount of misconceptions about Islam and Muslims, these tours give people an opportunity to ask questions in a clear, open forum. “We owe it to each other to offer these opportunities,” she said.
- Center members work on various social issues, charitable projects and educational programs, both in the Muslim community and in the community-at-large.