India: Ahmadiyya community’s Mangalore chapter organizes public service event at Government Lady Goschen Hospital

“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is a peace loving Muslim Community and striving hard to promote brotherhood and Human values in the society and also working towards serving mankind.”

“To promote brotherhood and Human values in the society”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community elder’s auxiliary, Majlis Ansarullah, with support from Majlis Khuddam-ul Ahmadiyya, Mangalore chapter, organized a Khidmat-e Khalq (public service) event in Government Lady Goschen Hospital at Mangalore city on 5th March 2017.

A team of 8 members, headed by the community’s local president, Muhammad Yusuf and by the elder’s leader B S Abdur Raheem, and local youth leader, Abdus Salam M, visited the hospital and distributed more than 250 Fruit Gift Kits.

The Kits contained fresh fruits, dry fruits, biscuits, and a well wisher greeting cards for the patients, doctors and other hospital staff members.1_Mangalore_Fruit-Distribution_in_Lady-Goschen-Hospital_by_Ahmadiyya_Muslim_Jamaat_05Mar2017

The community representatives introduced the community to the hospital officials.

“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is a peace loving Muslim Community and striving hard to promote brotherhood and Human values in the society and also working towards serving mankind,” explained the group.

The Govt. Lady Goschen Hospital authority thanked and appreciated Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s humanitarian service.

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With file from Abdus Salam M, Qaid Majlis Mangalore, Karnataka, India.

— India: Ahmadiyya community’s Mangalore chapter organizes public service event at Government Lady Goschen Hospital

Canada: Ahmadiyya Muslim youth doorknock to answer questions about Islam

“It’s an opportunity for Canadians to ask some questions about their faith, to challenge them, to know what exactly about their Canadian identity is important to them and how they reconcile that with being a Muslim.”

Muslim youth fanned out across Canada on Sunday, knocking on doors and handing out flyers to try to counter misconceptions about Islam at a time when they say fear of their religion is rising.

The initiative had been planned for weeks but happened to fall one day after rallies across Canada by those opposed to a Liberal MP’s Parliamentary motion to condemn Islamophobia, known as M-103.

Qasid Chaudhry of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Canada braved the cold temperatures with his group in Barrie, Ont., Sunday morning as they knocked on doors and offered to answer neighbours’ questions.

He said that although the youth group does ongoing outreach, this particular initiative is especially important after six Muslim immigrants were shot to death on Jan. 29 at a Quebec City mosque.

“There’s a lot of misconceptions people have been getting about Islam,” Chaudhry said. “We’re trying to give people the idea that (ISIS) is not Islam. It is a religion of peace.”

Chaudhry added that he was born in Canada and he wants his neighbours to understand that although he has Islamic values, he also shares their Canadian values.

He added that the response from neighbours in the Barrie area had so far been “really good.”

“It’s amazing because a lot of times people are afraid Islamophobia is becoming a really big problem,” Chaudhry said. “It makes us feel that people don’t fear Islam, they fear these extremist groups.”

Safwan Choudhry, spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama”at Canada, told CTV News Channel that he believes it is important for Canadians to meet ordinary Muslims, rather than just hearing from imams.

“It’s an opportunity for Canadians to ask some questions about their faith, to challenge them, to know what exactly about their Canadian identity is important to them and how they reconcile that with being a Muslim,” he added.

Choudhry said outreach is important, because Canadians may not be aware that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Canada is assisting in the fight against Islamic State radicalization, with their Stop the Crisis campaign.

Choudhry said there’s “no denying” that anti-Muslim sentiment, as well as anti-Semitism, is on the rise in North America and Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada wants to be on the front line of fighting against it.

A Forum Research poll of 1,304 randomly-selected Canadians taken in December found 28 per cent agreed they had “unfavourable” feelings toward Muslim people, while 54 per cent said they had “favourable feelings” and 17 per cent said they “don’t know.”

The number with “unfavourable” feelings toward Muslims was much higher than those with unfavourable views of First Nations (16 per cent), Asians (10 per cent), Jewish people (nine per cent) and black people (eight per cent).

The margin of error for the survey was reported as ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.