A Halesowen mosque is throwing open its doors to the public as part of Visit My Mosque Day 2019.

Baitul Ghafoor Mosque on Long Lane hopes as many people as possible will come along this Sunday (March 3) to learn more about their local neighbours and each other’s lives.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community will be giving guided tours of the mosque between 1pm and 5pm.

There will be a chance for people to have their names written in Arabic calligraphy, have henna designs on their hands, or try on a hijab.

Visitors can glimpse an exhibition about Islam, its origins, practices and how it is interpreted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

They will also be able to put question's to the mosque's resident Imam.

Mosque president Dr Masood Majoka, said: “The mosque plays a central role in developing a Muslim’s bond to its creator.

"It provides a place of worship, as well as a hub for the wider society.

“Lately though, the true image of a mosque has been greatly tarnished worldwide by some individuals using a house of worship in a way totally opposite to the true Islamic teachings, and serving as a source to divide people, rather than bring them together.

“The only way to remove this perceived image is to invite our fellow citizens to come and experience the true purpose of a mosque in person.”

Refreshments will be provided, while literature and books will be available to take away.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a fast growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, it spans over 210 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions.

Entry is free. Ample parking is available.