The 41st Jalsa Salana was held earlier this month in Mississauga, Canada where Muslims had the opportunity to listen to imams and guest speakers on how to promote a more peaceful world. Mic reports that more than 20,000 attended the three-day convention which condemned terrorism and religious extremism.
Spokesperson Safwan Choudhry says that the need “of the hour is for us to knock down the barriers of fear that divide us. Rather than erecting walls that keep us apart, we should build bridges that bring us closer together. We must stand up against all forms of oppression [and] hatred and use all our capabilities to try and foster peace in the world.”
Lal Khan Malik, the national president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada, remarked, “Over 20,000 attendees at this convention are able to show Canadians the true and peaceful teachings of Islam.”