The largest mosque in East Africa located in the heart of Kenya’s capital Nairobi hosted people of all faiths on Saturday.
The people were invited to the Jamia (Grand) Mosque to share their views in general discussions. They were also taken on a tour of the mosque, served with refreshments and they watched live Islamic prayers.
"It was a pleasure drinking tea with Muslim friends and having various discussions concerning everything about Kenya, this is the first time I have ever set foot inside a Mosque," Mary Teresa Wambui, a college student, told Anadolu Agency.
Esther Faith Njoki, an accountant by profession, said it was the "best opportunity for Kenyans to learn and understand Islam […] they [Muslims] are loving and peaceful people and today I witnessed that."
She urged other Kenyans to use the opportunity to meet new friends and learn more about their religion. "They share the same values with me," she added.
Abu Saleem, a Muslim businessman who frequently visits the mosque, for his part, said: "We are one people. My friends have always wished to understand Islam and wished to see activities in the Mosque. Today, I transported them to the mosque in my car."
Faisal Kasim, one of the organizers who was moderating at the event, told Anadolu Agency: "We welcome all our brothers and sisters from all faiths. Come learn about Islam, come and be my friend, let us share tea and mahamri [a form of fried bread] and pray together for our country."
Among those attending the event were Christian and Muslim parliamentarians, religious leaders and people from all walks of life.
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