Women at the Baitur Rahman Mosque during the 2017 interfaith Iftar dinner. (Grace Kennedy photo)

Delta mosque to hold fourth annual women’s interfaith symposium

This year’s topic: Does religion promote extremism?

On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Baitur Rahman Mosque in Delta will be holding its fourth annual women’s interfaith symposium.

Put on by the Ahmadiyya Women’s Auxiliary, the symposium is one of the mosque’s biggest interfaith events of the year.

“We find it actually more empowering that we are able to conduct and hold an event on such a huge scale, and be responsible for it, without having to get the assistance from men,” said Aisha Naveed, public events coordinator for the Ahmadiyya Women’s Auxiliary.

Related: Delta Mosque holds women’s event to celebrate 50 years in Canada

Featuring discussions by female speakers from a number of faiths, the symposium will tackle the question “does religion promote extremism?” — a topic Naveed said is, “really current, especially with the events that are going on around the world.”

At past events, Naveed said, she received feedback asking that these events address more controversial issues.

“So this time we decided that, you know what, let’s be out there and speak about the things that people want to talk about,” she said.

“They want to talk about ‘is religion promoting extremism?’ ‘What is promoting extremism?’ So we want to answer all those questions that people want to know about.”

There will be five speakers representing different faiths discussing whether religion promotes extremism, in addition to several guest speakers talking about how to promote peace in an interfaith society.

Scheduled to speak are Rabbi Susan Shamash (Judaism), Pastor Jennifer Wilson (Christianity), Nishtha Nuckchady (Hinduism), Sundeep Kaur (Sikhism) and Naheed Chokher (Islam), as well as Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, Surrey-Panorama MLA Jinny Sims, Delta Police Sgt. Cathy Geddes and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints B.C. public affairs council co-director Tonya Engen. Delta Counc. Sylvia Bishop will moderate the event.

“I always love to hear the various opinions,” Naveed said. “I love seeing how similar the train of thought is for most of us.

“And it’s always like there’s differences, but there’s nothing that should be creating walls between us. If anything, it should be easier to build bridges.”

The symposium will be held at the Baitur Rahman Mosque (9570 River Rd.) from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 9. Admission is free; daycare and refreshments are provided.



grace.kennedy@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

KPU’s Cloverdale campus to host open house Nov. 20

Registrants have a chance to win prizes, if they sign up early

Surrey RCMP doesn’t expect big hit in light of projected $10M cut in B.C. budget

Public safety minister says RCMP informed province about projected budget deficit

École Salish Secondary held its official opening Nov. 12

Cloverdale school unveils Coast Salish welcome post

South Surrey students, staff prepare for 15th Christmas dinner

Deadline to register for festive affair at Elgin Park Secondary is Nov. 27

Surrey’s Sourdif among A-list ‘Players to Watch’ for NHL Entry Draft in Monteal next June

The right-shot forward has eight goals and nine assists with Vancouver Giants this season

VIDEO: Disney Plus adds disclaimer about racist stereotypes

Disney’s disclaimer is a good way to begin discussion about the larger issue of racism

First Nations ‘optimistic’ about road upgrades after Horgan visits site of fatal bus crash

Premier travelled Bamfield Main road, where bus flipped last September and two students were killed

Delays seen on some Metro Vancouver bus routes as transit strike ramps up

According to TransLink, routes in downtown Vancouver are bearing the brunt of the delays

Princeton couple pays for dream vacation with 840,000 grocery store points

It’s easy if you know what you are doing, they say

B.C. man facing 18 charges after hidden camera found in Kelowna winery washroom

The camera was found at Summerhill Winery on Aug. 23

No new rules needed to ensure timely youth justice, Supreme Court says

Charter of Rights and Freedoms says someone charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable time

Seguin lifts surging Stars to 4-2 win over Canucks

Dallas is 6-0-1 in last seven outings

UPDATE: Metro Vancouver bus drivers to refuse overtime as transit strike escalates

Overtime ban could disrupt 10-15 per cent of bus service in Metro Vancouver

Most Read