THE Border’s Islamic community is opening its doors to the wider community today.
An open invitation has been extended to all people, regardless of religion, beliefs, and race, to attend the Eid Festival in Lavington.
Islamic Society of Albury Wodonga president Yakub Mohammed said the event, which runs at the Mirambeena Community Centre from noon to 6pm, aimed to dispel myths around the religion.
“It’s a big get-together for Muslims who have been fasting all month for Ramadan,” he said.
“We’re inviting non-Muslims to come in and see what Islam is about and see what Muslims are like.
“There are a lot of bad myths about Muslim people in Australia.”
Mr Mohammed said some people believed Muslims were terrorists, murderers and “not nice people” who mistreated women.
“I hope other ladies will speak to Muslim ladies to see that they’re as happy as everybody,” he said.
“They’re very happy with what their role is in Islamic society.
“Nothing is forced onto them, everything is by their own will.”
There is a lot of opposition to Islam on the Border, Mr Mohammed said, which is often dispelled when people meet Muslims and talk about the religion.
“You get two types of people, one type which go out to cause trouble no matter what,” he said.
“The other half don’t know much about the religion, but once they find out the truth they get out and try to mix in as well.”
The event will feature a wide range of foods and activities for children and adults.
“We’re hoping for 200 to 300 people to attend,” Mr Mohammed said.
“I’m not sure if we’ll get that many but I’m hoping.
“I just want everyone to come in and have a word with us and just support us.”