Canada: Muslim group holds open house at Port Dover library to demystify Islam for Norfolk residents

It was heartening to see so many Norfolk residents take Saturday’s visitors up on their invitation to respectfully exchange views, ask questions about each other’s beliefs and become better informed.

Seeking out empathy in a time of terror

Generalizations, generally speaking, are worthless. For every example of someone from a certain group acting one way, thousands of people from that same group will do the opposite.

That prejudicial thoughts and actions can be so easy to slip into doesn’t make them right. A simple antidote is to shut off the TV, log off social media and have a face-to-face conversation with a member of whatever group makes you angry or afraid.

That’s what happened on Saturday in Port Dover. Nine members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community came to the library to chat with residents and answer any questions they had about Islam.

The visit came on the heels of U.S. president Donald Trump instituting a ban against travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries – including Syrian refugees – and the shooting at a Quebec mosque that left six dead and five badly wounded.

One of the Ahmadiyya Muslims said he is afraid for what continuing incidents of Islamophobia will mean for the vast majority of Muslims in Canada and worldwide who are simply trying to live their lives in a peaceful manner.

The fact that Islam is a religion of peace isn’t always easy to remember. Not when our entertainment is full of stereotypes of nefarious Muslim villains, newscasters who share breathless reports of terrorism perpetrated by (and overwhelmingly against, it ought to be noted) Muslims, and a litany of commentators preaching intolerance toward followers of Islam.

The attack in Quebec ought to have banished any lingering belief that racism and hatred can’t be found in Canada, too.

Our multicultural society is rightly praised, but we can’t be complacent. We must reaffirm and strengthen our commitment to genuine inclusion through government policies – taking in more refugees, for a start – and small actions like chatting with newcomers or those who may feel excluded from public life.

It was heartening to see so many Norfolk residents take Saturday’s visitors up on their invitation to respectfully exchange views, ask questions about each other’s beliefs and become better informed.

The aim of the open house was to demystify, not to convert, and it’s fair to say residents and visitors alike left with some myths dispelled and new perspectives to consider.

Propagandists seek to sow division by denigrating certain groups as less than human. We must firmly insist that everyone on Earth – whatever our differences – shares a common humanity.

We’re all just people, after all.

If you catch yourself forgetting that – easy to do as the contagion of intolerance fills the airwaves and the internet – take the time to speak with someone who on the surface isn’t like you.

Norfolk may not be as diverse as bigger cities, but there are people here who hail from many parts of the world, practise many different religions, identify along every part of the sexuality spectrum, and live with a wide range of physical and mental challenges.

Spend even a few minutes getting to know someone unlike you, and odds are the tension you might be feeling toward them will dissipate, and you’ll find it easier to reject stereotypes in the future.

As a bonus, you might even make an unexpected new friend.

Nigeria: Humanity First donates relief materials to IDPs

 

The donation was in fulfillment of the promise of the international humanitarian organisation last year to the IDP’s at Dunrumi, Abuja.

An international humanitarian organisation Humanity First International, Canada in collaboration with its counterpart in Nigeria Donates relief Materials to the internally displaced persons, IDPs, victims of Boko Haram insurgence in the North-East of the country.

The relief Materials worth N2million comprises household items, clothes, and foodstuff présentéd to IDP’s at Kuchingoro, airport road Abuja on Saturday by the Chairman Humanity First International, Nigeria, Dr Yakeen Habeeb.

Dr Habeeb who is the Deputy Head, Naib Amir, Ahmadiyya Muslim jamaat Nigeria, in a statement said the donation was in fulfillment of the promise of the international humanitarian organisation last year to the IDPs at Dunrumi, Abuja.

The Humanity First International was established under the directive of the world Head of the Ahmadiyya Community, late Hazrat Tahir Ahmad to cater for the needs of the vulnerable and victims of conflicts and natural disasters.

Source http://www.vanguardngr.com/

 

India: Shimoga Ahmadiyya Muslims Host Huge Bookstall at Kannada Sahitya Sammelana

India: Shimoga Ahmadiyya Muslims Host Huge Bookstall at Kannada Sahitya Sammelana

The Shimoga Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at  hosted a huge and successful Book Stall on eve of 11th District Kannada Sahitya Sammelana (District Kannada Gathering) on the 4th and 5th of February, 2017.

“I am really moved by the way the youngsters of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community worked.”

The Kannada Sahitya Sammelana (Kannada Literature Conference), the premier gathering of writers, poets and kannadigas, had organized their yearly conference on 4th and 5th February. The Conference had invited renowned politicians, poets, writers, journalists, district administrators, university administrators and staff, school and colleges administrators and students.

Shimoga being a homeland to many intellectuals and also known for its Kannada culture and traditions had called to setup stalls through newspapers. Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya, the youth wing of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community started to work for the setup of Ahmadiyya bookstall.

The Ahmadiyya Bookstall was Inaugurated by the Na Di’souza, the President of the Kannada Sahitya Sammelana and a senior poet and writer. Mr Jagannath, member of Kannada Sahitya Parishad, Shimoga; Mr Anantu, a journalist and member of Kannada Sahitya sammelana Shimoga, Ahmadiyya district president M. Khaleel Ahmad, district vice president, Mir Azam Zakriya, president of Ahmadiyya Jama’at Shimoga, Syed B.M.Ahmad were also present .

Over 5.000 leaflets and pamphlets were distributed along with the books World Crisis &and Pathway to Peace and Life of Muhammad and over 300 visitors were engaged.

Prominent personalities who visited the Ahmadiyya Bookstall were Mr Prasanna Kumar, member of Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, Mr Sanna Rama, the head of the 11th Karnataka Sahitya Parishad Conference, Mr D.S. Arun, president of Shimoga District Chamber of Commerce and a social worker and Industrialist, Mr Natesh, poet, writer, senior professor at Women’s College and orator in Kannada, Mr Somachar of District Intelligence Department, Mr Riyaz Basha, Neuro-Psychiatrist , poet and writer, Mr M.K. Bhatt, president Kannada Sahitya Parishad, Talluk Sorab, and Mr Srikantha Kodige, vice chancellor Kuvempu University and chairman of Library Committee.

“Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at’s work towards interfaith harmony inspires respect towards Ahmadiyya Muslim Communities ideology” said Mr Srikantha Kodige, vice chancellor, Kuvempu University.

“Books propagating peace and explaining the true teachings of Islam through bookstalls and giving books for free is really appreciable and I wish all the best for this attempt for propagating peace and true teachings of Islam” said Mr V. Shantha Rama, member Gram Panchayath, Hosanagar.

“I am really moved by the way the youngsters of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community worked right from setting up of Bookstall to the end, being your neighbour stall member I salute your way of working and team  spirit ” Said Mr Parashuram.

More than 100 eminent personalities have shared their appreciative comments.

More than 2000 people visited Ahmadiyya Bookstall and local newspaper posted photograph of inauguration of Bookstall and local news channel covered our stall in local T.V. news