Shannon Kovalsky , Staff Reporter / Battlefords News-Optimist
Tariq Azeem of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Lloydminster held an information session at the North Battleford Library Wednesday as part of the “Islam Understood” national campaign launched by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.
As its name suggests, the aim of the event was to dispel misconceptions about Islam. The two-hour meeting was a chance for discussion, with those in attendance posing questions they have about Islam to Azeem.
The discussion was notably, and intentionally, not a debate. Rather, it was an opportunity to provide answers and clarify subjects often discussed in the media when talking about terrorism in the Middle East, including the notion that Islam is not peaceful.
Azeem emphasized the difference between the teaching of the Quran and the actions of extremists who carry out atrocities under the guise of Islamic teaching.
While Salafi-Wahhabism – an ultraconservative branch of Sunni Islam originating in Saudi Arabia that has propagated jihadism in the area – has become the austere face of Islam in the West, Azeem wants this to change.
“Our religion teaches peace. Our religion teaches us that we have to, not just become quiet when something is wrong, [but] we have to speak up against it.”
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