Syed Mukarram Nazeer, Canada Correspondent
On 16 January 2021, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Canada hosted a unique virtual panel discussion to explore racial inequality. The discussion featured high-profile Canadian and international speakers, reported Hassaan Shahid Sahib.
This timely event – called “Know Justice, Know Peace” – was held in light of recent world events and heightened racial inequality. The title of the event denotes a play on the words of the famous “No Justice, No Peace” political slogan which originated during the civil rights movement in the United States.
The distinguished panel members of the event addressed the growing issue of racial tension and the government’s role in combating this divide. The teachings of Islam pertaining to equity were also beautifully presented along with the invaluable guidance provided by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper, on how to progress in the face of racial injustice.
The panelists included:
1. Naib Amir and Missionary-in-Charge Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya USA, Azhar Haneef Sahib
2. Amir Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Canada, Lal Khan Malik Sahib
3. International Press Secretary of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya, Abid Khan Sahib
4. Canada’s Federal Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, Honourable Bardish Chagger
5. Prominent African-Canadian who was recognised as one of the top 100 most influential persons under 40 of African descent, Dahabo Ahmed-Omer
During the event, parts of the MTA documentary “The Golden Rule” were presented to visually highlight the solutions Islam provides in combating injustice and inequality.
Even though Canada was hosting the event, it was viewed in multiple countries and the total attendance was 3,321.
MP Bardish Chagger said:
“This afternoon, I joined Ahmadiyya Community Canada’s ‘Know Justice, Know Peace’ event to discuss the many injustices that continue to exist in Canada and around the Earth … This in-depth virtual seminar allowed us to talk about solutions so we can build a consciously more inclusive and just country.”
Amenemhet Sanchez said:
“Blind and unquestioned faith can be dangerous, but religion based on tolerance, friendship, respect, love, forgiveness and openness can only help to bring light to humanity. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.”
Marna Harmey said:
“In times like these, messages that promoting equality and decency over scapegoating cannot be repeated often enough!”