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Come to the Free Open Day at Parkholme Mosque


There have been Muslims in Australia since at least the 1860's, peacefully coexisting with other early settlers. In fact some suggest that Islamic trepangers from Indonesia visited Australia even earlier.

"Afghan" camel drivers or cameleers who migrated to Australia from Central Asia were of enormous help in opening up the vast arid interior of Central Australia in the nineteenth century. Although they came from several countries, they were usually known in Australia as "Afghans" and they brought their faith in Islam with them to Australia.

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Afghan Cameleers in Australia 1890 (Image: State Library SA B1423)


The Adelaide Mosque was the first mosque in Adelaide, and only the second mosque in Australia, giving these new arrivals to a welcome place to worship. You can still see the graves of those who died so far from home in a dedicated part of the West Terrace cemetery.

The mosque in Adelaide has now been joined by more, but recent conflict in the Middle East has brought tensions and some uncertainty about Islam to some people. The Islamic Society of South Australia is keen to change this, and is embracing National Mosque Open Day as an opportunity to engage with and welcome all people in South Australia.

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National Mosque Open Day (Image: Islamic Society of South Australia)


National Mosque Open Day in South Australia is being held on Saturday October 29 at the Parkholme mosque south of Adelaide. The Muslim community is inviting anyone in the community to come for a free tour of the mosque and learn about Islam. The tours at the Parkholme mosque will start at 10am, and run continuously through the day until 4pm. (note the Parkholme mosque is sometimes called the Ascot Park mosque).

While doing the tour, visitors have the opportunity to stop at intervals to discover more about Islam. Some of the controversial topics at these stops include Islam and terrorism, the hijab, and what is halal. Of course, visitors are welcome to ask their own questions too!

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Prayers at Parkholme Mosque South of Adelaide


To add more interest guests will be able to try on a hijab, and enjoy some halal Middle Eastern food. After enjoying fantastic food at the colourful Al Salam Festival earlier this year in the South Parklands, I'm definitely going to the open day to taste some more.

The food for the free National Mosque Open Day this year is home cooked by a Lebanese lady and sounds delicious. At the Parkhome mosque you can expect goodies including falafels, kibbe's, zaatar pizza (a herb pizza), and sfeeha (Lebanese style meat pie). Finish off with different kinds of Afghan sweets, baklava or cupcakes. For drinks, don't miss the Arabian lounge serving authentic Arabic coffee.

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Try Tasty Traditional Halal Food at the Free Open Day


For visitors with more conventional tastes tuck into tasty small pizza's and quiches or a sausage sizzle. Drinks on offer include tea and coffee, and cans of soft drinks (gold coin donation).

National Mosque Open Day is all about family, so please bring your children too. There are plenty of fun things to do for kids of all ages too, including free workshops. A calligraphy artist will write your name in Arabic using decorative handwriting (free for kids and adults), or let the young ones loose on a jumping castle or have face painting (gold coin donation).

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Don't Miss the Arabic Coffee in the Arabian Coffee Lounge


A henna artist will be available to give henna tattoos for anyone who's game ($7). Henna is reddish brown dye made from powdered leaves and the temporary tattoo fades in a week or so.

There has been some misinformed comment about Islam in the media recently, and from people with hidden agendas. The Islamic Society of South Australia hopes that the National Mosque Open Day will help bring down the artificial barriers - after all, we're all Australians. You will be warmly welcomed at the free Open Day at Parkholme Mosque, and will come away with a better understanding of Islam.

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Ornate Middel Eastern Design Inside the Mosque


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Why? Islamic Society of South Australia welcomes everyone to a free open day at Parkholme mosque
When: 10am - 4pm
Where: 658 Marion Road Park Holme
Cost: Free!
Your Comment
Let's hope days like this help to foster multi-cultural and inter-religious understanding and that through unity and mutual respect we can all live together in peaceful harmony.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5681) 405 days ago
Will be an interesting Open Day, Dave! Have you heard about the 'speed-dating a Moslem'? - apparently, it's just like speed dating, but the purpose is to ask questions about the Islam religion, rather than an actual date-date!
by Elaine (score: 3|4163) 405 days ago
Are other Mosques open too on this day?
by Laura Parsons (score: 1|39) 388 days ago
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