Muslim families invite you for dinner

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It sounds so Canadian.

Concerned about widespread misconceptions about what it means to be Muslim, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community decided to invite people to their homes and mosques. Between March 1 and 14, anyone from Newfoundland to British Columbia could sign up online to be paired with a Muslim family.

The idea behind “Meet a Muslim Family” was to introduce Canadians to families who grab a coffee at Tim Horton’s, have favourite hockey teams, pour maple syrup on their pancakes, and just happen to be Muslim. They are loyal Canadians whose religious practices add to the colour of the country’s colourful mosaic.

In their press release, the Canadian Muslims wrote:

Violent extremist groups are using propaganda to create fear and divide amongst society; hence Canadian Muslims hope to debunk their efforts through this campaign.

They set up a Web page and a Twitter account, inviting Canadians to visit homes and mosques and get to know the Muslim community.

Recent terrorist activities make it all the more important to bridge barriers among the religious communities in Canada and elsewhere. It is a lot harder to hate someone you have shared stories with.



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