Sisters participate in mosque open house

SCNs Martha Louise Walsh and Marie-Thérèse “Tess” Browne are greeted by Zorina Hosein of the Islamic Center of New England at the mosque’s open house in Quincy. This was part of the first Massachusetts Open Mosque Day.

Zorina, her husband and members of the center/mosque welcomed them and several Quincy, South Shore residents with delicacies, a presentation on Islam, observation of prayer, and a gift bag. Participants engaged actively and enthusiastically, including interest in the explanation of the connection between the celestial cycle, daily movements of the sun, and the five times of daily prayer, one of the five pillars of Islam. Members also invited all to return during Ramadan for Iftar, the meal breaking the daily fast. They expressed a desire to welcome, open more and interact with neighbors, and with other persons of faith or of good will.

Zorina, a member of the mosque, and Tess were happy to meet each other and exchange stories of their native land, Trinidad and Tobago. Sisters Martha and Tess spoke with members from Algeria, Pakistan and other countries.