National Mosque Open Day (NMOD) is an annual Australia-wide event that features a number of mosques across the nation simultaneously opening their doors to the public and inviting them to come in and explore their local mosque.

It endeavours to break down common misconceptions and stereotypes and counter all types of prejudice. As part of an independent evaluation of the project, the University of New South Wales concluded that National Mosque Open Day was “globally ground-breaking” and the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

While mosques are open all year round, many non-Muslim Australians are unaware of this fact and do not take the opportunity to meet local Muslims and find answers to their questions about Islam.

Each NMOD, participating mosques will present a unique experience and flavour, representing the particular multicultural make-up of its congregation. Some mosques will have BBQs, sweets and food, others activities for children and others again will host special exhibitions.

Many mosques will combine all of these elements. Common to all mosques, however, will be an open and welcoming attitude and the opportunity to ask questions of religious elders and seek answers to questions.

Since its inception, an estimated 30,000 people have participated, with a combined total of over 154 media mentions, including media coverage in the US, UK, Turkey, China, Egypt, Iran and also mentioned in the Australian Federal Parliament.

The following mosques will be participating in NMOD 2018 on Saturday 27 October 2018:

Lakemba Mosque
65-67 Wangee Rd, Lakemba

Othman Bin Affan Mosque
22 Water St, Cabramatta West

El Eman Mosque
3524 Moppity Rd, Young

Quackers Hill Masjid
37 Douglas Rd, Quakers Hill 2763

Sultan Fatih Mosque
5 Victoria St, Mayfield

Islamic Society of Central Queensland
132 Kent St, Rockhampton City 4700

Garden City Mosque
217 West St, Toowoomba 4350

Gold Coast Masjid
144 Allied Dr, Arundel 4214

Islamic Society of South Australia
5 Morris Cres, Whyalla Norrie 5608

Al Khalil Mosque
596 Torrens Rd, Woodville North 5012

Gungahlin Mosque
140 The Valley Ave, Gungahlin 2912

Sabah Al-Ahmad Masjid and Education Centre at CIC
221 Clive Steele Ave, Monash 2904

Mosque Hobart
166 Warwick St, West Hobart 7000

(Courtesy of the Lebanese Muslim Association)