Just five days ago, two New Zealand mosques were the victims of a devastating terror attack that left 50 dead and many more wounded. Since the targeted attack, people all over the world have been sending their condolences and mourning along with the victims. In the wake of the terror attack, mosques all over Canada are now encouraging people to visit a local mosque through a new campaign. This campaign aims at breaking down misconceptions and the Islamaphobia that was demonstrated through the targetted terror attack.
Christchurch, New Zealand was the victim of this recent terror attack. Since the event occurred just five short days ago, it has been reported that it was “carefully planned.” One individual has since been charged by local authorities. Most of the individuals attending the mosque at the time of the shooting were migrants and refugees.
In order to fight against this kind of Islamophobia, Canadian mosques are encouraging all Canadians to visit a local mosque. This new Visit a Mosque campaign aims at ending stigma and shedding light on what it means to attend a mosque and the religion that comes with it. Several mosques under the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada have joined together for this campaign. So far, there are 24 mosques participating all over Canada from BC to Newfoundland.
“As we examine at the New Zealand mosque shootings, it is apparent that true security in mosques will not come from vested guards, but rather compassionate citizens that demonstrate unconditional love for one another’s freedoms,” writes the website.
The website states that Islamic teaching is one of love and compassion. “It is our principle to have sympathy for the whole of mankind,” says a quote on the website from the Promised Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who is the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`.
The campaign aims to have mosques and neighbourhoods work together by offering protection and support. “And in this time, we are very appreciative of the love that we have seen and the overwhelming support from Canadians during this tragic time.”
This Visit a Mosque campaign will provide Canadians with the opportunity to meet with Muslim neighbours and citizens. Through breaking down misconceptions and Islamaphobia, the campaign will also show Canadians what it is like to live and practice the faith.
All you have to do to participate is book a viewing time through the Visit a Mosque website. Here, you will see where there is a participating mosque closest to you.
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