"We hope these meetings will build a dialogue and better understanding," said Hisham Maizar, president of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Switzerland.
Many Swiss welcomed the Muslim overture and flocked to nearby mosques to get first-hand experience.
Sources: CNN News, Associated Press Hawaii’s Islam Day Islam & Newspapers “It's a day of celebrating our commonality, a day of people of faith and no faith to get together and talk story," Ouansafi said.
The initiative comes ahead of a controversial vote on whether to ban the construction of minarets in the country.
People will vote on November 29 on a referendum spearheaded by the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) to ban the building of new minarets.
The BBC's Imogen Foulkes, who visited a mosque in Zurich, says he and many non-Muslims enjoyed the experience.
"Our existence is reality, but we want the reality to be enriching," said the Muslim woman participating in the open day event. c=Article_C&cid=1256909801166&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout Nearly one quarter of world’s population is Muslim, says report Updated: Thursday, October 08, 2009 GMT—AM/EST Washington, 8 October (Washington TV)—The world’s Muslim population stands at 1.57 billion, meaning that nearly one in four people in the world practice Islam, according to a report released on Wednesday.
Switzerland is home to some 400,000 Muslims and Islam is the second religion in the country after Christianity.