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Canada: Dispelling Muslim myths


“Those people who prepared [the video] have injured the feeling of Muslims . . . but the Muslims who have been shown to go loot and shoot and burn, we are against that. That is not the teachings of Islam. We condemn that.”

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | US Desk
Source/Credit: Chilliwack Times
By  Tyler Olsen | October 23, 2012

A group of Fraser Valley Muslims brought a message of moderation to Chilliwack recently as part of a nationwide campaign meant to dispel myths and counteract recent images of conflict and strife sparked by a controversial video.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association of Canada went door-to-door in downtown Chilliwack to try and impress on residents that Islam is a religion of peace, not conflict.

While Chilliwack is known as a predominantly Christian community, Rizwan Peer-zada said the group received a positive response from residents, with 550 homes accepting pamphlets.

“It was a good experience,” he said. “People came out and expressed their happiness that we’re doing a good thing.”

The response wasn’t universally positive, Peezada said, but many expressed agreement with the group’s position that the video-a slapdash production with no audience that showed the Prophet Muhammad in an unflattering light-was done in poor taste, but that the violent reaction against it was also contrary to Islamic belief.

“Both sides are wrong,” missionary Khalil Mobashir said. “Those people who prepared [the video] have injured the feeling of Muslims . . . but the Muslims who have been shown to go loot and shoot and burn, we are against that. That is not the teachings of Islam. We condemn that.

“It is the teaching of Islam to show love, peace and kindness to your fellow beings, to your neighbours and to your brothers and sisters.”

tolsen@chilliwacktimes.com

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