VERMILION, Alta.Â -Â Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Lloydminster have begun casual conversation in Vermilion for the month of February.
Coffee and Islam is a national campaign being held at the Vermilion Public Library, where Ahmadiyya members hope to dispel suspicions and misconceptions regarding Islam, according to Imam Tariq Azeem.
â€œThe purpose is to sit down and have one-on-one discussions with people who may be interested in learning about Islam,â€ Azeem said. â€œWe are organizing events in every town, and in Vermilion we are planning four events.â€
Every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Azeem hopes to have friendly, opne-minded conversations.
â€œThis is an informal event and request anyone who interested in learning about Islam, wants to experience the teachings, we will be happy to teach them. Also, if anyone has doubts or suspicions, we encourage them to stop by and we will try to answer all of your questions and address your concerns.
Azeem has previously conducted seven events in Lloydminster and surrounding area, and each has ended with success.
â€œThe response has been overwhelmingly positive. It highlighted their open-mindedness, and after they attended the event, they had good things to say about the religion, and about the teachings they learned. They would say such events are necessary to educate people.â€
Azeem added that it is necessary for people to learn about each otherâ€™s faiths, as many are accustomed to assume things that might not be true.
The event is free and will include refreshments.