Australia: Religious leaders declare National Day of Unity

Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders are calling on all Australians to participate in a National Day of Unity to demonstrate the strength of religious tolerance.

Mosques around the country will open their doors for the Lebanese Muslim Association’s (LMA) first National Mosque Open Day this Friday (October 24).

That same day Welcome to Australia’s (WTA) annual march ‘Walk Together’ will take place in 20 regions across Australia.

LMA project officer Zachary Rea said while the doors to the mosques are always open, people don’t often walk in. The open day aims to demystify the mosques to the general public.

“The idea is to encourage people to walk in and see how it is, what it’s like, and attempt to defuse or mitigate some of the social or community tension that’s out there currently”…