By Kevin Rushworth, High River Times
In order to build bridges and take down barriers, youth members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at community launched a nation-wide campaign to remove misconceptions surrounding the Islamic faith.
Thousands of Canadian Muslim youth chose March 5 to travel to towns and cities across the country, as part of their initiative Islam Understood. One of the towns youth visited was High River.
Taha Syed, missionary in the Calgary chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, said the purpose is not to preach, but to provide information about Islam and give people a chance to ask questions.
“Canada is a country where everybody lives together peacefully,” he said. “If we start a movement… and educate people, (we can) reach out to them and let them know what Islamic teaching is.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community was formed in 1889 and spans over 200 countries with membership amounting to tens of millions of people, according to a media release.
It’s the only Islamic organization to believe the messiah has already come in the form of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835 – 1908) of Qadian, India, the document states.
“The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and re institute morality, justice and peace,” the statement reads.
Syed said the Ahmadiyya Muslim community is separate from both Shia and Suni Islam.
However, this campaign comes during increasing controversy around the faith leading to misunderstandings about Islam and growing apprehension of Muslims, according to the release.
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