Kahlia Beichert

Religious groups will come together on October 25 for the National Day of Unity.

Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders are supporting the event which focuses on discrimination and community tension.

Walk to Australia will hold its annual Walk Together and the Lebanese Muslim Association (LMA) will launch the inaugural National Mosque Open Day.

Lakemba Mosque will open its doors to Muslims and non-Muslims; there will be tours, children’s activities, and a question and answer session.

LMA president Samier Dandan said people could talk to religious leaders and learn more about Islam.

‘‘I encourage all Australians to visit their local participating mosque,’’ Mr Dandan said.

‘‘Considering recent media events, I think it is imperative now, more than ever that we try to overcome our differences and misunderstandings.

‘‘This is an occasion to ensure that mutual misunderstandings between non-Muslims and Muslims can be resolved.’’

Uniting Church Australia president Reverend Andrew Dutney said it was important that Christians loved their neighbours as themselves.

‘‘I urge all Australians, whether of faith or no faith at all, to reach out to our Muslim brothers and sisters in the spirit of friendship and understanding by taking part in these events,’’ he said.

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