Monday, March 6, 2017

Canada: Muslims 'normal people' says Vaughan Ahmadiyya woman at conference


The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Association hosted a peace conference on the role of religion in the 21st century on Sunday. 

From left, Hena Malik, spokeswoman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at;
Naheed Khokhar, national outreach secretary for women's auxiliary
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at; and Dania Chaudhry, member of the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Jama`at - Photo: Tim Kelly/ Metroland
Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: Vaughan Citizen
By Tim Kelly | March 6 , 2017

"Come spend a day with me and I'll show you how a Muslim lives."

What Naheed Khokhar really wants you to know is "Muslims are normal people like everybody else."

The national outreach secretary for the women’s auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslims joked she watches the edgy legal drama 'Suits'.

"Come spend a day with me and I'll show you how a Muslim lives," Khokhar said Sunday at a peace conference the Ahmadiyya Muslim's women's association hosted for 300 women of all faiths to promote understanding in light of International Women's Day  March 8.

Khokhar said the conference brought together women from six faith groups — Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Baha'is — to talk together about the role of religion in the 21st century and seek greater understanding.

"We have to start the conversation and try to make a difference.” she said.

She said in light of issues like Islamophobia and the shooting death of six Muslim worshippers at a mosque in Quebec last month, it's important to get the message out that what people see on TV is not a true image of Islam.

Hena Malik, a spokeswoman for the Ahmaddiya Muslims said: "What people are seeing on TV is not Islam; terrorism doesn't have a faith."

Not knowing people of different faiths is, "the same apprehensions you have about the neighbour you don't know," Malik added.


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Tim Kelly is a reporter with the Markham Economist and Sun. He can be reached at tkelly@yrmg.com . Follow him on Twitter and YRMG on Facebook


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