Mosque event has positive community impact
Canada is well known all over the world as a very compassionate, inclusive and peaceful country. It was the first country in the world to bring in the Multiculturalism Act in 1971. Canadians have never looked back since.
Three metro areas—Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver—have become multicultural in the true sense of the word. Here in Richmond, we have the most culturally diverse community in Canada. It is a great model for others.
Our Highway to Heaven (aka No. 5 Road) is home to most of the major faiths of the world. Nearly 20 places of worship located side by side along this unique stretch of road are a great model of intercultural/inter-religious co-operation and harmony.
From time to time there are great examples of these faiths reaching out to each other and the community. This was very evident in an open house and dinner organized by the Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre (8580 No.5 Road) on last Saturday.
A Journey into Islam hosted by the Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre was a very enjoyable event. More than 300 persons-men, women and children-from diverse cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds, took advantage of the opportunity to have a firsthand look at Islam, mingle with each other and enjoy a delicious dinner.
Sheikh Murtza started the evening with an enlightening talk about Islam. Following dinner, the participants had an opportunity to explore a large number of interactive exhibits dealing with different aspects of Islam. They were also treated to a tour of the facility. The role played by the youth in organizing this event was excellent.
The management of Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre must be commended for opening their place of worship to the community and welcome the attendees with open arms.
Events like this go a long way in enhancing multiculturalism and its positive impact on the community.