Celebrating as good neighbors should

The following letter was published by Ottawa Citizen, on Oct. 23, 2021.

When I moved to Ottawa four years ago, one of the first things I noticed was its diversity and a very visible Muslim minority. Due to this fact, I actively volunteered with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to celebrate Islamic Heritage Month, October, at our local mosque in Cumberland.

As we celebrate this month, I recall the words of His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad: “Allah says, show kindness to parents, and to kindred … and to the neighbour that is a kinsman and the neighbour that is a stranger.” Keeping these words in mind, I hope Ottawa Muslims can become the best neighbours to fellow Ottawans.

Farhan Iqbal, Stittsville



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