Source / Courtesy: The Beacon Herald.
By Rita Marshall.
When Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at members knocked on Stratford doors this past winter, most residents wanted to know more about “jihad.”
Noman Khalil, part of Ahmadiyya’s youth association faith outreach program, said jihad refers to an internal struggle to be just.
“That’s the actual jihad, not the one the other Muslims are representing,” he said.
Explaining jihad and other aspects of Islam to the larger community was the group’s mission at an open house Saturday at the Stratford Public Library.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community was founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in 1889. The Ahmadiyya community regards him as a prophet, which distinguishes the sect from other branches of Islam.
Their slogan is “Love for all, hatred for none.”
At the library, large displays explained Qur’an teachings on peace, justice, science and other faiths. Free copies of the Qur’an and books related to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam were available, and members were on hand to speak with anyone who had questions.
“We try to show them the true teaching of Islam doesn’t allow killing, terrorism,” Khalil said.
The group also wants to emphasize that Muslims co-exist with the larger community.
“We are just like them,” said Faraz Khan. “We are a peace-loving community.”
Khalil said the Qur’an orders Muslims to show loyalty and respect for the countries they live in.
“If I’m Muslim, I have to be a true Canadian,” he said.