Calgarians are being invited to visit a mosque this week as part of a cross-cultural healing process following the murders of 50 Muslims in New Zealand last week.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada launched the weeklong campaign in Calgary on Tuesday in an effort to combat Islamophobia and provide a chance for people to meet their Muslim neighbours and friends.
Islamic places of worship across the country have come together to take part in the open houses. Locally, the Baitun Nur Mosque, at 4353 54th Ave. N.E., is welcoming visitors until Sunday between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., said spokesman Sultan Mahmood. People can turn up without an appointment.
The city mosque had already embarked on a Meet Your Muslim Neighbor program before the Christchurch terror attack. That program runs the first Saturday of each month from noon until 4 p.m. It is a more formal affair than this week’s open house where Calgarians can chat with scholars to learn more about Islam.
Mahmood said this week’s open house is a good way to come together in friendship after the horrific events in New Zealand, and also provides a way for the Muslim community in Calgary to show their gratitude for the support they received from so many citizens of all different backgrounds over the past week.
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