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Islamic Centre hosts Journey Into Islam

Youth from the Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre on No. 5 Road have helped organize an upcoming public open house that promises to reveal various aspects of Islam to friends, peers and others who are curious to learn more.

A Journey Into Islam is an annual exhibition that opens the centre's doors to the general public to learn about Islam in a relaxed environment, have their questions answered, and to clear up misconceptions and forge valuable, long-lasting connections.

Last year's event generated a huge turnout—more than 300 people attended—and so this year's event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. at the centre, a Shia Muslim Mosque, 8580 No. 5 Rd., on a section of road lovingly referred to as the Highway to Heaven.

Guests last year were treated to a full-course dinner, and the event featured various exhibits—on topics such as the hijab (Islamic dress), hajj (annual pilgrimage) and ramadhan (month of fasting)—as well as posters, live artifacts and interactive media presentations.

Added this year will be more exhibits and feature presentations.

"We are fortunate to live in a country like Canada and a city like Richmond where everybody, regardless of ethnicity, culture or religion, has the freedom to express their beliefs and practices without fear of intolerance from their neighbours," Sahir Moosvi said in a press release. "This diversity is also a great opportunity to learn more about those from different backgrounds."

For a video about last year's event, visit tinyurl.com/JourneyIntoIslam

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