Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Members of a local mosque are holding an open house at the Millennium Library to demonstrate that Islam is a faith of peace.
The Holy Qur’an Exhibition opened Sunday afternoon and continues today and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“One of our campaigns is to demonstrate that the Muslim faith promotes peace,” Hammad Ahmad said.
“The motto of our community is ‘love for all, hatred for none,'” said Afzal Muhammad, local president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, an Islamic movement with a mosque in a former bank building on Kylemore Avenue near the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre.
Muhammad said there is a great deal of misunderstanding about Muslims and the Qur’an, most of it fuelled by the activities of fundamentalist Muslims who dominate news coverage.
“Ninety per cent of Muslims are peaceful but they haven’t been loud enough, they haven’t made that effort,” Muhammad said. “The other 10 per cent who are violent are louder than the 90 per cent who are peaceful.”
At the open house, Ahmad, a missionary with the Ahmadiyya movement, and Muhammad are available to answer questions about Islam and the Qur’an. They encourage non-Muslims to pick up free copies of Islamic tracts on a variety of issues, including the hijab and the Islamic view of Jesus.
The mosque is also giving away copies of the Qur’an.
The group also held an open house at the mosque in October and an interfaith conference at the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre in November.