Thursday, February 2, 2017

Canada: Saskatoon Ahmadiyya Muslim student group hosts event aimed at challenging misconceptions about Islam


“I love that it challenges the misconceptions, and I just really want to learn more and educate myself so that I can have more of an opinion and help educate other people,”

File Photo: Tariq Azeem was the guest speaker at an event hosted by the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Students' Association called Islam and the New World Order.
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Source/Credit: Saskatoon StarPhoenix
By Thia James | February 1, 2017

Tariq Azeem was the guest speaker at an event hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Students' Association called Islam and the New World Order.

Tariq Azeem was the guest speaker at an event hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Students' Association called Islam and the New World Order. THIA JAMES / SASKATOON STARPHOENIX

Jenny Nunweiler has found herself dispelling myths about Islam, and says the more she learns about it, the more she feels compelled to tell others they shouldn’t jump to conclusions.

“People get too caught up in stereotypes without educating themselves. So, I just find it very important to challenge it, use my voice and be in support and solidarity with people, especially in this time with things that are happening,” she said.

The second-year student was among those who attended an outreach event hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association on Wednesday evening.

Nunweiler, who grew up in a small town, said she learned about Islam from friends who are Muslim. Their families are very open to her, she said.

“I love that it challenges the misconceptions, and I just really want to learn more and educate myself so that I can have more of an opinion and help educate other people,” she said.

Wajahat Ahmad, the president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Students’ Association, said their job right now is to help educate people in the community about Islam so they feel more comfortable with the Muslim people in their society.

“People are scared of what they don’t know about, and that’s what causes some of these comments or remarks or actions that take place in the world. So it’s very easy to come and get to know what our differences are and live with those differences and accept each other,” he said.

Ahmad said he thinks young Muslims should reach out to others and try to “demolish” the tension that is causing outrageous remarks and actions.

The event’s guest speaker, Tariq Azeem, who serves as a missionary to the Lloydminster chapel, said when people don’t understand something, they start to fear it and they start believing the misconceptions. It doesn’t just apply to Islam, but any community, culture or race, he added.

“We should try as much as we can to learn about them; this way, we’re showing support and solidarity with them in case of troubled times. But also when we’re learning about them, we’re not prone to falling for the misconceptions.”

Anyone seeking answers to questions about Islam is invited to send them to info@saskmosque.com.

tjames@postmedia.com -- Twitter.com/thiajames



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