The local Muslim community is inviting the public to see its newly opened center in Evans.
The Islamic Society of Augusta, at 465 Old Evans Road, will hold a free open house from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.
Hossam Fadel, the chairman of the planning committee, said the event will feature a tour of the society’s new community center, an information table with literature about Islam and viewings of films explaining Islam. Imam Jamal Daudi will also give a short presentation and lead a demonstration of a typical prayer time.
The open house also will offer visitors Henna tattoos, copies of their name written in Arabic calligraphy, as well as a chance to sample Middle Eastern foods.
Fadel said he hopes the open house will give community members the opportunity to come and learn about the society and Islam.
“We have this new center and people wonder what’s going on there, what we are doing,” Fadel said. “So we wanted to share with them our activities and what we do.”
He said a lot of people might already know Muslims who are living in the community, though they might not have asked them how Islam is practiced.
“Whoever visits will be able to see the variety of ethnicities that are Muslims living in the United States, as well as U.S.-born Muslims,” Fadel said. “Then they will know something about Islam if they did not know anything about it, or they will know more about Islam if they knew something about it. And they will enjoy the company of their Muslim neighbors.”
A part of the Augusta community since 1976, the society moved to its new facility last October from a site in Martinez.
An outline of the open house’s events are on the society’s Web site at www.isaugusta.com.