Muslims on peace ride across Canada

By Geoff Lee

August 16, 2016 9:01 AM

Call them the maple leaf Muslims on dual purpose wheels.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is celebrating its 50th year in Canada with a nationwide Mobile Muslims Exhibition conveying the message of Islam as a religion of peace.
The bright blue trailer was parked at several locations in Lloydminster on Friday on the 40 day coast to coast trip.
The first step was the local mosque giving local Imam Tariq Azeem a chance to speak about the tour dubbed the #MobileMuslims campaign.
“We have many initiatives going on this year to celebrate the 50th year of our community—one of the initiatives is the mobile Muslims trailer,” he said.
“We decided to go coast-to-coast in Canada and we say thank you to all the Canadians who have allowed us religious freedom in this country.”
The trailer is stopping at 25 Canadian towns and cities with an exhibition of information aimed at correcting misconceptions about Islam.
“Our slogan is : Love for All, Hatred for None,  based on the teachings of the holy Qur’an,” said Azeem.
He said the purpose of these events is to highlight the true picture of Islam, that Islam means peace.
“The actions of terrorists, the action of groups such as ISIS have nothing to do with Islam,” he stressed.
“They do not represent Islam is any way.”
The mobile exhibition is hauled by a team of volunteers that works with local Ahmadiyya community chapters to coordinate local events in their communities.
Azeem expected about half of the 250 or so Lloydminster members to visit the trailer or volunteer to help out as it moved about town including Bud Miller All Seasons park, Wal-Mart and the multiplex.
“People come to the trailer, they can engage in conversations with the volunteers that will be in and around the trailer to distribute information,” said Azeem.
“Even if someone just looks at the trailer, it gives them an idea of what the message is.”
It’s the similar routine at all of the towns and cities on the tour that started in St. John’s N.L. July 13 and Azeem says so far, the public reception has been good.
“The other day the van was in Regina and there was a great amount of people that came out and wanted to learn and were all appreciative,” he said.
‘They appreciated this effort and they say this is necessary that you do this with the actual teaching of Islam.”
Vegreville was the next stop after Lloydminster for the mobile exhibition as it makes its way west.

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