New initiative looks at Qatari-Expatriate cultural exchange; Farm visit this Friday
See My Mosque, a new initiative using social media as a tool, is organising for Qatar-based expatriates a visit to a farm this Friday (December 27), for a day of cultural exchange and dialogue.
See My Mosque was first launched as a hashtag this summer, and is now working towards becoming an umbrella organisation (not for profit) under which people can contribute their like-minded projects.
A spokesperson for See My Mosque told JustHere that the idea behind this initiative was to create more dialogue and dispel the negative media perception of Islam, the local culture and community. They hope to do this by both organising social events and using online media to set the narrative of the culture, by those who own it.
The visit to the farm, owned by one of the volunteers, will be hosted by the Qatari volunteers, giving a glimpse into their lives and culture.
Those interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launch event in January
What they wish to do ultimately is to bring together various projects with similar intent.
In the first phase, volunteers were taking photos and videos of, and interviews on, six mosques in the country. These are the ones at Aspire, Katara and Souq Waqif, and also the Imam Abdul Wahab, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman and Sheouk Mosques.
These will be available on the website, after the official launch this January. At that event, apart from the above mentioned projects, there will be conversations with three converts to Islam, three filmmakers and three photographers. This will showcase the projects that the volunteers have created such as a photo exhibition and also a film exhibition and art exhibition.