More Saturday Morning Canadian Blogging: Religion Edition

From the CBC:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion and Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier will be attending a banquet Saturday celebrating the opening of the biggest mosque ever built in Canada.

The $15-million Baitan Nur mosque in northeast Calgary covers 4,500 square metres, or 48,000 square feet, and was constructed largely through donations from the city’s small but rapidly growing Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

The Ahmadiyya movement of Islam was founded 100 years ago, originating with the teachings of Indian villager Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and is renowned today for promoting a peaceful coexistence with people of all faiths and cultures.

The wiki on the Ahmadiyya’s is here.  They are not accepted by most (so-named) mainstream Sunni and Shia Muslims.  The group believes that Miraza Ghulam Ahmad was the Second Coming of Christ/Mahdi (Return Messiah in Islamic lore).  They are known as given to energetic proselytism and suffer persecution as a result (esp. in Pakistan).  On the other hand, they  (particularly the larger branch which this mosque belongs to) tend towards a non-violent praxis (as do most persecuted minority sects).

The website of the Ahmadiyyas in Canada here.

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  1. On the face of it, it seems like a good story, in the midst of the War on Islam (I mean terror), a huge mosque project being supported by the Canadian government. I’m sure the Canadians, think they are pleasing the Muslim community, but in reality, it would have the opposite effect, as Sunni and Shia, other sects, and organizations has agreed a like that this group is outside of the fold of Islam, for their assertion that their founder was a prophet after Muhammad (sas) which violate a very basic belief.

    So the greater Muslim world is going play it as a Western country in collusion with a deviant sect to spread a false deviation of Islam, in disrespect to Muhammad (sas). Muslim will see it as good cop (Canada) bad cop (America) working towards the same end.

  2. e,

    I hadn’t thought about that, but certainly in Pakistan that would sound like a possible response. I think it’s hard for Westerners too grasp that our notion of separation of church and state doesn’t translate well to many parts of the Muslim world. So many might see this as official state-sponsored backing of a religious group, as opposed to what it is in our context: politicians congratulating a community, to try to gain votes, and support the idea of a pluralistic civil society.

    peace. cj

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