A lot of people draw their conclusions of the Islam community from what they see on television and the turmoil that has struck the world so far this century. The fallout has been outrage, and innocent Muslims have many times felt the brunt of that through racism and prejudice.
Television is a big part of their everyday life, much like it is most Western World families. But some of the content — especially the worldwide news coverage — has a different impact.
The couple, who are part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, were in Corner Brook Wednesday to deliver a presentation — Stop the crISIS — in an attempt to clear up some of the common misconceptions that exist.
Their message that true Islam is a religion based on the principles of peace was delivered in a short presentation. Those principles are the total opposite of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), she said. Nowhere does the Holy Quran promote the killing of others.
With that said, they opened the floor to questioning from the eight people who attended. An engaging conversation ensued, encompassing the thoughts and perspectives of everything from the rights of women and the meaning of the veil, to the Charlie Hebdo attack and the recruitment of young and impressionable Muslims into terrorist activity.
While their messages were many, it was the commonality between Muslims and most people of faith — no matter the religion — that echoed throughout the session at the Corner Brook Public Library.
“I like to say that, for me to be a Muslim, I have to Jewish and a Christian,” Boodhun said. “We come from the same line of teachings, the same line of the representatives of God … All these three faiths teach compassion and love.”
There needs to be more focus on what brings everybody closer together in today’s world, she said.
The couple hopes to return to Corner Brook in September to speak at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University… read more at thewesternstar.com