The Islamic Association of Northwest Calgary is hoping to debunk some common myths about the Muslim faith.
The group is hosted an open house at their mosque in Ranchlands on Sunday, welcoming anyone and everyone to come inside and interact with mosque-goers, participate in Q & A sessions and try different cuisines.
Muhammad Abbas, director of outreach initiatives with the Islamic Association of NW Calgary says the group felt compelled to open it’s doors after some recent acts of vandalism.
“There are a lot of assumptions outside the Centre like ‘what goes [on] inside the Centre, what sort of activities goes [on] inside the Centre’ so this is what our outreach is because we live and love our Canadian values and this is how we interact with the community at large.”
Abbas says the anti-Muslim rhetoric we are seeing stateside and sometimes within our own borders, provide an opportunity for education and events such as the open house.
Meantime the response from the community is very positive.
Dianne attended Sunday’s open house and says she heard positive feedback from a friend about a previous open house.
“They’re very welcoming, they’re very warm, hospitable, I have a cup of coffee and I’m surrounded by food and I can’t wait. Very kind people, so that’s good, I’ve learned that they’re very nice people.”