Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrates 50 years of religious freedom in Canada

Source: sootoday.com

Group parks truck outside library, says ‘Thank you, Canada’

Islamic group, persecuted in Pakistan, celebrates 50 years of religious freedom in Canada



Ohmer Ahmed, left, with Dr. A. Momin Khalifa, centre, and other Ahmadiyya Muslim Community members, are travelling across Canada to celebrate their religious freedom, August 2, 2016. Darren Taylor/SooToday

Omer Ahmed, of Ancaster, Ontario (near Hamilton) and fellow adherents of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, an Islamic religious movement, are travelling across the country to say ‘thank you, Canada.’

Ahmed, accompanied by Dr. A. Momin Khalifa (president of the Sydney, Nova Scotia Ahmadi Jama’at, or congregation) and three other fellow Ahmadis from Toronto, stopped in Sault Ste. Marie Tuesday for an overnight stay as part of a 45-day cross-Canada trip, from East Coast to West Coast.

“We are celebrating 50 years in Canada (for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community)…we are persecuted in Pakistan because of our beliefs, and Canada allows us to be free and gives us liberty to profess and worship and practice our faith, and because of that we want to thank Canada,” Ahmed told SooToday.

Ahmed and his companions are travelling across the country in a truck towing a trailer which serves as an information booth for their faith.

The group was parked Tuesday outside the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library’s Centennial Branch.

“We want to tell people we’re very thankful for all the liberty and freedom we have here…in Pakistan I wouldn’t even survive a day if I tried to tell people about my faith,”… read more at sootoday.com

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