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January 14, 2016 9:55 AM

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association is inviting residents to attend an open house this weekend with a goal to demystify Islam.
The Islam Open House is taking place Jan. 17 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Servus Sports Centre and everyone in the community is welcome to attend.
“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is organizing this open house to remove misconceptions regarding our faith because events that have been happening around the world,” said Tariq Azeem, imam and missionary for the Lloydminster Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
“Those violent acts we’re referring to are committed by very small groups but for some reason the entire religion of Islam is blamed.”
Through the event, Azeem said they want to show the true picture of Islam by highlighting the teachings shown in the scriptures, which prove it’s actually a religion of peace and has nothing to do with violence committed by extremist groups.
The open house events were issued by the Ahmadiyya Muslim’s spiritual leader, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmed, and will be taking place across the world.
Azeem said the youth organization of their community has taken the lead on planning the events and are organizing close to a hundred open houses across Canada within the coming months.
In the Prairie region alone there are between 15 and 20 events happening in the near future, with successful open houses already having taken place in Vegreville and Moose Jaw.
“We will be having an event in Lloydminster and the Saturday after that we will be having an event in North Battleford,” said Azeem.
“We are going town to town, every public place we can go, to express the true teachings of Islam and youth in this regard will be playing a major role.”
The events will feature stalls and exhibits for attendees to check out with volunteers on hand to answer any questions that might have people curious.
There will be an exhibit on the Holy Qur’an with several presentations and banners that show what the scripture teaches, its prophecies and what services their community has done toward the Qu’ran.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has a sister charity organization, Humanity First, that offers aid to those around the world affected by natural disasters like floods and earthquakes.
Humanity First also set up a fund to help Syrian refugees have a better future, offering aid to those who are coming to Canada and those who have already arrived.
“So there will be an exhibit for Humanity First as well,” said Azeem.
There will also be an exhibit for the Women’s Auxiliary Organization who have a small presentation highlighting achievements of Muslim Women throughout the ages.
And for those who missed the Je Suis Hijabi event at Lakeland College last month, which Azeem said was a huge success, they can catch that at the open house too.
“People have misconceptions regarding our faith; we wish to remove those misconceptions and (they) can only be removed once we have such open houses where people feel comfortable and welcome to attend,” said Azeem.
“So I encourage everyone; the more people we have coming to the event shows the openmindedness of people, so we believe it is necessary to move together to have a realistic and harmonious society.”

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