A Muslim outreach group in South Surrey, British Columbia, hosted a “Meet Your Muslim Neighbor” event last week to offer non-Muslims a chance to ask questions and get a better understanding of true Islam, North Delta Reporter reported.
“Various informational posters and literature were available at the event, as well as a display of featuring art pieces and clothing from a plethora of different cultures that exist within the Muslim world,” Asad Syed told Peace Arch News.
“The event also included booths such as an Arabic calligraphy station, a henna station, and a food section featuring delicious treats and goodies from across the Muslim world,” he added.
Organized by the White Rock Muslim Association (WRMA), the Nov. 10 event was held at the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre. According to Syed, it served as an educational venue for people in the South Surrey-White Rock community.
White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker attended with Couns. Anthony Manning and Christopher Trevelyan. Surrey Coun. Linda Annis and Doug Elford also attended.
“There was a great turnout of community members throughout the afternoon with wonderful discussions taking place between all those present,” Syed told PAN.
“The WRMA hopes that events like these will continue to bridge the gap and allow all of us to move towards a tighter knit community.”
Muslims are the fastest-growing religious community in Canada, according to the country’s statistical agency, Statistics Canada.
Canada’s Muslim population grew by 82 percent over the past decade. It increased from about 579,000 in 2001 to more than 1 million in 2011.
Muslims represent 3.2 percent of Canada’s total population.