South Shields mosque throws its doors open to community

Al Azhar Mosque in Laygate, South Shields.
Al Azhar Mosque in Laygate, South Shields.

People can find out more about Islam as a revamped South Tyneside mosque throws open its doors to the community.

The Al Azhar Mosque in Laygate, South Shields, has recently been remodelled and is inviting people inside for a look about.

On Tuesday, from 6pm, members are hosting an open event to give people the chance to gain a better understanding of Islam.

The free event will include food, refreshments and informative literature, plus quests will be able to take part in a guided tour of the mosque.

A spokesman for the Al Azhar Mosque, where boxer Mohammad Ali has his marriage blessed in 1977, said: “Muslims in South Tyneside have been here for over a century and enjoy an excellent relationship with the broader community, yet many people don’t really know much about the role of the mosque in their daily lives.”

He added: “This event is designed to rectify that, and we extend the warmest of welcomes to those who wish to know more.”