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Naiela Anwar from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at, one of the leaders of a national campaign titled #JeSuisHijabi. Photo: Gord Waldner, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Naiela Anwar from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, one of the leaders of a national campaign titled #JeSuisHijabi. Photo: Gord Waldner, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
By Hannah Spray, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

A social media campaign to help educate Canadians about Muslim women has its roots in Saskatoon.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at launched a national campaign this week based around the Twitter hash tag #JeSuisHijabi.

“After the Paris attacks … there’s a lot of misconceptions in Canada and the U.S.,” 17-year-old Naiela Anwar explained. “We thought it was important that we gave our point of view, and show that not all Muslims are like that.

“We condemn greatly the terror attacks that took place. That is not the true Islam.”

Saskatoon Muslim women hosted an information booth at the University of Saskatchewan on Thursday, inviting women to experience wearing a Hijab and learn more about their faith. Other events are expected during the course of the two-week campaign.

Muslims around the world have been experiencing hate attacks, including troubling graffiti this week on a Calgary C-Train and the burning of a mosque in Peterborough last month. The Ahmadiyya Muslim women want to encourage open dialogue and education.

“I’ve gotten the opportunity to educate a lot of people. That’s the beauty of Canada,” Anwar said.

“If they do have any questions, we are open to explaining our religion. I hope people come around and ask questions.”

More information about the campaign can be found at www.ahmadiyya.ca.

Posted: December 3, 2015 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8911
Categories: NewsIn this article: Islam, Muslim, Saskatoon
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