By Taylor Hermiston, Vermilion Standard
VERMILION, Alta. – Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Lloydminster, Alta./Sask. have been welcomed with respect and solidarity, according to Imam Tariq Azeem.
Azeem has been hosting Coffee and Islam, a national campaign intended to dispel suspicions and misconceptions regarding Islam, at the Vermilion Public Library every Thursday throughout February.
“We had some guests from the local community that came and showed support, especially in light of the recent event in Quebec, where a mosque was attacked. (They) showed solidarity and respect. They feel the pain as human beings for loss of life.”
Last month, six people were killed and five others were injured, following the attack of a Quebec City, Que. mosque.
“Our mosques are always open. Even after the attack in Quebec, we do not feel this one attack reflects the entire country. The people are tolerant, and whatever has happened after the incident shows majority of the people are loving and caring, and will always be there to support their neighbours and friends, “ Azeem said.
In addition, members of the local Muslim community, from Vermilion and the surrounding area, have visited to express their appreciation.
“They were appreciative because there is no mosque or formal chapter here,” Azeem said.
“So, they appreciate us coming out here and provide a voice to their feelings about recent events. Either because they have or… read more at source.