The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) is bringing their nationwide Stop the CrISIS campaign to Lakeland College on Dec. 4. The campaign’s aim is to stand against extremism and the radicalization of youth that ISIS has waged in recent months.
“You’ve heard certain people from Canada, they are leaving thinking they’re doing jihad and there is no such thing,” said Anwar Mangla, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Lloydminster. “So just to make our society hear, so they are aware that the concept that some of those extremists or radicals are putting through is not correct.”
Mangla wants to educate people so they know these extremist actions are not true to Islam and that the religion explicitly bans such things. He feels these campaigns will be successful even if the results end up being modest.
“As many people that we can make aware, even if we can make two or three per cent through this event aware and they tell other people, we will call it a success,” he said.
The Stop the CrISIS event will have a live speaker, multimedia presentation and end with a question period, so the public can clarify any misconceptions they may have on the topics. The presentations will show certain things like the concepts about love for country, jihad and certain things like terrorism and what Islam really says about them.
Mangla said the Ahmadiyya Community is one of peace and does not believe in terrorism, jihad or extremism.
“Everything that happened in the past or in Muslim history, when there was a war or something, it was just for defence. It was never for power or anything like that. So these are the misconceptions that we are trying to make this world aware of,” he said.
“Our slogan is ‘Love for all, hatred for none.’”