Sharing true meaning of Islam

chathamdailynews.ca: A worldwide religious organization won’t give up its efforts to spread the true message that Islam is a religion of peace, despite continued terrorist attacks by radicalized Muslims around the world.

Imam Umar Akbar, left, spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, and Usman Javed, moderator of the STOPTHECRISIS presentation made in Chatham, Ont. on Saturday December 27, 2014, are pictured here. Ellwood Shreve/Chatham Daily News/QMI Agency

Imam Umar Akbar, left, spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, and Usman Javed, moderator of the STOPTHECRISIS presentation made in Chatham, Ont. on Saturday December 27, 2014, are pictured here. Ellwood Shreve/Chatham Daily News/QMI Agency

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC), which is in 206 countries with 86 chapters throughout Canada, visited Chatham for a second time within the past few months, to spread its message of peace.

The youth association of the AMC is in the midst of a nationwide awareness campaign called STOPTHECRISIS to take a stand against the terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and the extremist influence it has had in radicalizing some youth.

Imam Umar Akbar, who gave a presentation at the Chatham branch of the Chatham-Kent Public Library on Saturday, said if you study ISIS, the terrorist group has nothing to do with religion.

He said their goal is world domination, noting the group has even created maps of what they believe the world will look like in the future under the rule of ISIS.

Akbar said what is most alarming is ISIS seems to be motivated by revenge, based on the deaths of Muslims in military conflicts with western countries.

“It’s not about religion . . . it’s a political cause,” he said, adding ISIS is pinning the blame on Western countries including the U.S., Canada and in Europe.

Akbar added a key message from ISIS is: “You’re either with us or against us.”

He said the terrorist group’s savvy use of social media to spread their message has been successful in manipulating impressionable and vulnerable youth.

Akbar said only a very small number of converts to Islam are radicalized and, overall, there is only a minute number of Muslims carrying out terrorist activities among the more than one billion Muslims in the world, including more than one million living Canada.

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Categories: Accepting Islam, ISLAM

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