Canada: Ahmadi Muslim gathering pushes peaceful version of Islam

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama‘at (AMJ) Canada, a religious non-profit that represents around 25,000 Ahmadi Muslims across the country, gathered for the opening of their annual conference Friday, July 7 at Mississauga’s International Centre.

The Ahmadi Muslims, a small (some 10 to 20 million adherents worldwide) and often persecuted minority sect within the global Muslim community, have organized the convention, one of the oldest and largest Muslim gatherings in Canada, since 1977.


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“We want to take on the foundation upon which the ideology of ISIS rests,” says Imam Azhar Hanif, National Vice-President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “If we can show that they have nothing whatsoever to do with Islam, then we hope that their appeal among some of the youth and others will be taken away.”

The Ahmadis have long prioritized the issue of radicalization as something that must be addressed at both the religious and ideological level. This emphasis on maintaining and preserving peace grows out of the overall vision of the founder of the Ahmadi sect, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, an Indian scholar who … read more at source mentioned above.

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