The Lethbridge Islamic Centre opened its doorways to the general public on Saturday, inviting tons of of neighborhood members of all faiths and backgrounds to return collectively.
“It’s at all times an incredible feeling to see that so many individuals are exhibiting up for these type of occasions,” stated imam and non secular chief Aslam Piprawala, “as a result of they wish to perceive who we’re and so they wish to study who we’re.”
The open home occasion provided all these in attendance a chance to discover the mosque and take part in conventional practices, corresponding to receiving Henna tattoo artwork.
Info cubicles and a presentation had been additionally a part of the open home, giving all these in attendance an perception to Islamic religion and Muslim tradition, which Piprawala stated he hopes will create extra understanding and acceptance of various cultures throughout the town.
“We’re attempting to point out folks the fact of Muslims,” Piprawala stated.
“Lots of people could have totally different or flawed understandings, and these ideologies and these thinkings on the subject of Muslims can typically harm Muslims.”
Abdel Basat Aborawi, president of the Lethbridge Muslim Affiliation (LMA), added the centre was keen to supply this data to the general public, in hopes of making extra correct perceptions of the Muslim neighborhood in Lethbridge and past.
“We would have liked to do extra schooling for folks to know who we’re, what are we doing right here and what’s our imaginative and prescient and the way we really feel about our personal neighborhood,” Aborawi stated, “as a result of that is now our house and our neighborhood.”
Aborawi stated the occasion was additionally alternative for himself and the now greater than 200 members of the LMA to thank the town for his or her help.
Following the New Zealand Mosque assaults in March, Aborawi stated he felt touched by the neighborhood’s willingness to face aspect by aspect with members of the LMA in sorrow for these misplaced.
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“We had been overwhelmed with their reactions and their love that they confirmed us and their help,” Aborawi stated, “so we stated we have now to do one thing, we have now to understand what we have now seen.”
The LMA additionally added that they hope to host extra occasions like Saturday’s open home, in hopes of constructing stronger relationships between all cultures within the metropolis.
“I do know now, Lethbridge loves us as a part of the neighborhood as Muslims,” Aborawi stated.
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