Thursday, July 13, 2017

Canada: More than 20,000 peaceful Muslims gathered to denounce terrorism


“The [extremist groups’] entire concept of Islam is illiterate. If the youth are provided a true understanding of Islam, they would never commit any violent acts.”

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By Sarah A. Harvard | July 13, 2017

More than 20,000 Muslims gathered at a three-day convention to condemn terrorism and religious extremism.

The 41st Jalsa Salana was held from Friday to Sunday at the International Centre in Mississauga, Canada, where Muslims from all over the country listened to guest lecturers and imams deliver speeches and sermons to promote a more peaceful world.

Lal Khan Malik, the national president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada, the organization hosting the convention, said that while religious extremists like the Islamic State have nothing to do with Islam, Ahmadi Muslims felt they were able to show a side of Islam that most Westerners don’t have an opportunity to see.

“Over 20,000 attendees at this convention are able to show Canadians the true and peaceful teachings of Islam,” Malik said.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada spokesperson Safwan Choudhry said that the community wants to make it categorically clear that Islam rejects and condemns all forms of terrorism.

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Sarah A. Harvard is a staff writer covering religion, race and politics. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic, Slate, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, and VICE. Send tips and feedback: sharvard@mic.com. Follow on Twitter: @amyharvard_



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