Videos: #MeetAMuslimFamily Campaign Aims To ‘Bridge The Gap Of Fear Into Love’

From left: Kareem, 8, Yaman Salim, Noor, 3, Adib Kassas, Leen, 5, and Omar, 11, pose for a family portrait at their Asbury, Iowa, home. The family is among the rising Muslim population in Dubuque County.

From left: Kareem, 8, Yaman Salim, Noor, 3, Adib Kassas, Leen, 5, and Omar, 11, pose for a family portrait at their Asbury, Iowa, home. The family is among the rising Muslim population in Dubuque County.

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There may be no better way of getting to know someone than over a homecooked meal.

Canada’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community launched the #MeetAMuslimFamily campaign on March 1 to bring neighbors together in the intimate space of the home. For two weeks, Muslim families are being encouraged to invite non-Muslim neighbors into their homes for a meal and conversation to “bridge the gaps and remove misconceptions regarding Islam and Muslims.”

This isn’t the first time the Ahmadiyya Muslim community has publicized such an event, organizer Safwan Choudhry told CBC News, but this year’s campaign comes at a particularly crucial time.

In October 2014, a terror attack shook many Canadians when Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent Muslim convert, shot and killed a soldier standing guard at the country’s war memorial and later attempted to attack the Canadian parliament.

In February the Somali terror group Al Shabab listed the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada as a possible target, though local police assured that there was “no imminent threat.”

Such incidents, Choudhry suggested, have contributed to a climate of discrimination toward many Canadian Muslims. In response, a mosque in east Edmonton opened its doors on Sunday to invite anyone interested in learning more about the faith to pay them a visit.

“The purpose of this open house is to come and see Muslims are like human beings,” Mohyuddin Mirza, the outreach director of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Edmonton, told Global News. “We just want to promote the idea we are living in your community, come and see us, you won’t see any violence.”

The same idea applies to the #MeetAMuslimFamily campaign, Choudhry said.

“We believe that the best way to dispel that is to really show Canadian families who we are.”

Marilyn Iafrate, a city councilor in Vaughan, Canada, visited the Choudhry home with her daughter on Sunday for a meal.

“Being together and sharing common values… this is a moment where we can experience and solidify what we know,” Iafrate told CTV News.


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  1. CP24
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  2. A hijab is perfectly suitable attire for a courtroom
    A Quebec judge’s decision to demand that a Muslim woman take off her hijab in court is a degradation of Canadian values.
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015
    6:15 AM EST

    Lawyer Amna Qureshi wears her hijab in an Alberta courthouse.

    By: Amna Qureshi Published on Mon Mar 02 2015
    Judge Eliana Marengo has made a serious error by telling a Muslim woman that she must take off her hijab in court before her case would be heard. Her justification — that the woman was not “suitably dressed” — is wrong-headed and a troubling slippery slope.
    Last week a hijab-wearing Muslim woman, Rania El-Alloul, appeared on her own in a Quebec court without counsel and applied for the return of a vehicle seized through automobile insurance board proceedings. In the first few seconds of the matter being called, she was asked by the judge why she wore a scarf on her head, to which she replied that it was because she was Muslim. The judge took a 30-minute break and when she returned she told El-Alloul that unless she took off her hijab, her case would not be heard and that the only option El-Alloul had was to ask for an adjournment so she could receive some legal advice. Although El-Alloul opposed the adjournment and conveyed to the judge that she could not afford a lawyer, the judge still adjourned the case indefinitely.

  3. Shumaila Khan’s first comment is quite relevent to the posted article but the second comment is quite out of place.

  4. I think that’s the beauty of Canada give everybody freedom of religion.
    Nobody have any right to ask any one against their religion .All of us should respect all religions.
    We should follow the moto.
    Love for all hatred for none

  5. “If everyone in the world will love universally; states not attacking one another; houses not disturbing one another; thieves and robbers becoming extinct; emperor and ministers, fathers and sons, all being affectionate and filial—if all this comes to pass, the world will be orderly. Therefore, how can the wise man who has charge of governing the empire fail to restrain hate and encourage love?”
    Mo Zi (Chineese philosopher)

  6. In 2007 when we returned from the Pakistan ,all 7 of us.The Immigration lady officer of Canada worriedly asked me.Why did you go to Pakistan in a disaster zone.I said to her to meet my parents and secondly to family reunion in Peshawar for the wedding of my youngest real brother. She noded her head politely.

  7. The 2nd comment is Not Out Of place.The Lady was in fearful state first and then right in the campaign of our Jamaat,she got so much love,appreciation and financial help MashAllah from so many people.Try to follow her story from the beginning.

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