A GLASGOW mosque is taking part in a UK-wide scheme to offer virtual tours as a replacement to the annual Visit My Mosque Day.

Each year Muslim holy buildings open their doors to the public but this year, due to social distancing, the event will go ahead online.

Al Furquan Mosque, in Woodside, will be doing virtual tour on Sunday between 1pm and 2.30pm.

Imams and mosque leaders will be sharing what they have been doing to support their local communities during lockdown, with many opening up as foodbanks, delivering hot meals to those in need and supporting their local hospitals with food donations.

Harun Khan, Mulsim Council of Britain Secretary General, said: “This year, rather than communities visiting their local mosques, mosques have been visiting their local communities, through food bank collections, cooking hot meals, delivering free PPE and more.

“The role that faith communities have played in supporting the most vulnerable in society during the past three months of the coronavirus lockdown has been formidable.

"As the full impact of the lockdown begins to be felt, mosques and Muslim communities stand ready to continue playing their part in post-lockdown Britain.”

Members of the public can virtually visit many Mosques including Cambridge Central Mosque, Europe’s first Eco-Mosque, and Old Kent Road Mosque in South London, home to London’s oldest Nigerian Muslim community.

This year’s virtual tour programme is also in collaboration with The Great Get Together, inspired by the late MP Jo Cox, which is taking place during the same weekend.

Su Moore, from The Great Get Together campaign, said: “For this year's Great Get Together we're focusing on what we can do, rather than what we can't do, so we're delighted that we'll be able to encourage people to take part in a virtual mosque tour over the weekend.”

To book to join a tour, visit www.visitmymosque.org