Within the wake of the New Zealand terror assault that left 50 individuals lifeless, mosques throughout Canada are opening their doorways to individuals unfamiliar with Islam’s teachings.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada launched the Go to a Mosque marketing campaign on Tuesday to fight Islamophobia and dispel misconceptions about Muslims.
As an imam at Calgary’s Baitun Nur Mosque, Asif Ahmed Arif’s function is to offer “non secular and secular nourishment” for worshippers.
“My job as an imam is to have interaction the members of the neighborhood, to assist them morally and spiritually, and foster their relationship with them and their god,” he stated.
Within the aftermath of Christchurch’s capturing, the outpouring of help — flowers, smiles and love — for Calgary’s Muslim neighborhood has been phenomenal, Arif stated.
“If you see such barbaric acts being perpetrated towards humanity, it’s an excellent outpouring of help by the members of the neighborhood,” he stated.
“We’re all human beings and we’ve extra in frequent than we do variations.”
He stated the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at neighborhood “strongly condemns any acts of violence and terror” and is advocating for interfaith communication.
“We put apart the variations and we have interaction in interfaith dialogue as a result of, on the finish of the day, these heinous acts have been perpetrated due to a lack of expertise,” Arif stated.
“We consider strongly that after we open our doorways, we open our hearts. We’re constructing these bridges of sympathy, tearing down the partitions of hatred.”
Relationships can solely be constructed if individuals open their minds and attend, he added.
“No matter this being a mosque or a spot of worship… as a result of we’re people, we’d like that reference to each other,” Arif stated.
He stated individuals will discover love and peace in the event that they go to the home of worship.
“The very motto of our neighborhood is: ‘Love for all, hatred for none,’” Arif stated.
The mosque is open 24 hours.
“Individuals can come at any time, and so they can see for themselves that we’re peaceable, loving human beings,” Arif stated.
“Our foremost objective is to be united as one.”
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