Sunday, July 2, 2017

Canada: Ahmadiyyas mark Canada 150 with community celebrations


“The greatest gift that Canada has provided to our members is the freedom to believe in whatever they believe to be their faith – and then to practice it.” -- Lal Khan Malik

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Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: The National Post
By The Canadian Press | July 1, 2017

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People of all ages came out in droves to ... celebrate the nation’s sesquicentennial.
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Canada Day parties ran across the province. One such celebration was held at the Baitul Islam Mosque, an Ahmadi Muslim mosque in Vaughan, Ont., north of Toronto.

Lal Khan Malik, national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Canada, said that Canada Day is of particular importance to Ahmadi Muslims. Many of those who came to Canada did so as refugees fleeing religious persecution in Pakistan.

“The greatest gift that Canada has provided to our members is the freedom to believe in whatever they believe to be their faith – and then to practice it,” Malik said.

“We value it so much. And we are grateful to the Canadian people and to Canada for providing us with this freedom.”

The celebration has occurred for at least 10 years, Malik said, but this year is expected to be the largest in its history.

The world’s largest inflatable rubber duck, docked in Toronto, was open to the public on Canada Day.


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