“Islam teaches absolute equality between genders,” Azeem said. “They’re both equal in the sight of God
Those who did not come equipped with an open mind likely left with one.
This was the hope on March 5, where, during an open house, attendees were guided through the principles of Islamic faith — gender equality, for instance, and the importance of education — ideals that have often been twisted to meet political agendas of one kind or another, an imam said.
It was during the event, hosted at the Whitehorse library, that the veil of misconception was lifted, where Tariq Azeem attempted to dispel myths and prejudices that have grown — cushioned by the mass media — with the rise of extremist views held by groups like ISIS.
“There are a lot of misconceptions regarding our faith, and those misconceptions lead to fear, and eventually the fear leads to hatred, or widening of the gaps in our society,” he told the News, “so when we learn about each other, we grow in respect and tolerance, and we feel that we were able to achieve that through today’s program.
“This was the aim,” he continued, “that we should talk about these things, and everyone should know the Islam is a religion of peace and love. Its basic message is love for all, hatred for none.”
The concept of jihad was addressed, which has …read more at www.yukon-news.com