Event is Oct. 5
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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association of Hamilton invites guests to celebrate Islamic Heritage Month Oct. 5 in Stoney Creek. – Courtesy Imrana Alamgir
Imrana Alamgir hopes to unite Hamilton’s diverse faith communities on Oct. 5.
Alamgir, a member of the non-profit Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association of Hamilton, is organizing an Islamic Heritage Month celebration at the Stoney Creek Municipal Service Centre.
The women-and-children-only event will include a presentation entitled, “Islam’s Response to World Contemporary Issues.”
The afternoon will also feature a discussion, question-and-answer session, refreshments and information booths about other religions.
In 2007, the federal government established October as Islamic Heritage Month, recognizing, “the important contributions of Canadian Muslims to Canadian society, the cultural diversity of the Canadian Muslim community, and the importance of Canadians learning about each other to foster greater social cohesion.”
In the spirit of diversity, Alamgir hopes to promote peace and understanding, while helping to dispel misconceptions and stereotypes about Islam.
“It’s a good opportunity to learn about each other’s religions and teachings,” said Alamgir. “There are some misconceptions in the world about Islam. And it’s only because people have a lack of knowledge about Islam. These programs provide an opportunity for people to come and learn about the true teachings of the religion and clarify their minds.”
Along with recognizing Islamic Heritage Month, Alamgir said next month’s event should be informative and educational.
“We want to celebrate with everyone,” said Alamgir. “Because Islam loves all the religions. Islam accepts all the prophets. So why not invite all religions to display their booths too?”
The Oct. 5 event runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m., with in-person registration beginning at 1:30 p.m. Participants can also register online at islamheritagemonth2019.eventbrite.ca.
The Stoney Creek Municipal Service Centre is located at 777 Highway 8. Admission, parking and refreshments are free.
For information on the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, visit https://www.alislam.org/.
by Mike Pearson
Mike Pearson is Editor of the Stoney Creek News and the Ancaster News. He has spent his entire career with Metroland publications, beginning at the Grand River Sachem in Caledonia in 2005. Pearson has also served as a reporter for the Ancaster News. A lifelong Hamilton Tiger-Cats fan, Pearson lives in Hamilton. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.