ABBOTSFORD – The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of B.C. organized an impressive and enlightening interfaith symposium on harmony and world peace at the conclusion of their holy month of fasting (Ramdan) on July 6, 2015 at the Garden Park Tower, Abbotsford. Quite befittingly the topic of the event was “ Fasting- An aide to world peace.”
Bibi Dilmohamed welcomed the speakers and guests. Chaudhary Mohammad Aslam Shad, Regional President British Columbia elaborated the services rendered by and the achievements made by A.M.J. all over the world in 200 countries in spreading the peace message of Islam by arranging such interfaith conferences.
Councilor Lester Barkman, Councilor Sandy Blue, Dr.Darryl Plecas, MLA, Parliamentry Secretary to the minister of Health for Seniors thanked the organizers for arranging this wonderful interfaith event on the occasion of their holy month of fasting to create awareness about the sad plight of the countless hungry people of the world.
Pator April Yamasaki-Christianity, Premeya Chatanya-Hinduism, and Maulana Balal Khokar- Islam, highlighted the significance of fasting according to their respective faiths and emphasized that true religion lies in helping the needy ones and feeding the hungry people. Gian Singh Kotli made it clear that rituals are right in their own place but the real service to God lies in practically serving the people and to apply the tenets of religion to serve the people wherein God lives. To feed the hungry is to serve God. Gian Singh Kotli emphasized that the Lord Creator being Omniscient and Omnipresent knows very nicely what good or bad you are doing. Always keep in mind whatever you do is being watched by God. Referring to Sikh Scripture, Kotli said, “Most sublime are those who make truth their fasting, contentment their holy pilgrimage, compassion their deity and forgiveness their rosary,” It is imperative to know that according to Sikh faith our God Father is One known by different Names and we all are His children. Therefore we should treat ourselves as the loving members of one World Family of God and love all.
Mr. Rizwan Peerzada President Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Abbotsford thanked the houseful audience and the scholars for their meaningful presentations focusing on fasting, helping the hungry, promoting harmony and peace in the world. Mr. Peerzada specially thanked the local Sikh Temples for their cooperation and kindness of providing free food for the event.