Paris, Ontario is among communities that will be covered in an education campaign called Islam Understood by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association
The group is launching a nationwide campaign on Sunday in 65 communities to give Canadians a chance to learn about the teachings of Islam. Other nearby communities include Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Norwich,
The campaign involves door-to-door canvassing in thousands of neighbourhoods, as well as social media messages and special exhibitions in major cities.
"At a time when Islam is one of the most widely searched topics online Canadian Muslim youth feel the need to bring forward a platform that provides fellow Canadians an authentic source to learn about the faith and break down misconceptions first-hand," Noman Khalil, national executive director with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community's department of faith outreach, said in a news release.
"Recent shifts in the political climate and the increasing controversy surrounding Islam and Muslims in the west have created misunderstandings about Islam and a growing apprehension of Muslims. While some Canadians have engaged their Muslim friends and neighbours, others have become distanced.
"In light of the recent tragic events in Quebec and the recent controversy over anti-Islamophobia, the campaign comes at a time when curiosity about Islam is at its high and questions are numerous. Islam Understood endeavours to build bridges of understanding by showing Canadians the true face of Islam."
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a non-profit charitable religious organization in more than 206 countries with 86 chapters throughout Canada.
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