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Canada: Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Richmond Hill hosts free interfaith symposium


“We believe interfaith dialogue is the way to unite all religions … through community events that explore the teachings and practices of different faiths.

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By Kim Zarzour | June 13, 2017

Fasting in religion: a multi-faith perspective

This is an important month for those of the Muslim faith.

It’s Ramadan, the holy month marked by dawn-to-dusk fasting.

But did you know many other faiths also practise fasting?

As many as 25 different religions carry out this spiritual practice, says Karim Aziz, outreach secretary with Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Richmond Hill.

You can learn about how three of those faiths — Muslim, Jewish and Christian — view fasting as part of their religion at a special interfaith symposium in Richmond Hill, June 22.

The presentation, featuring speakers from each faith group, is being hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at.

The free event includes a Q and A and wraps up with Iftar — a breaking of the fast for Muslims.

It’s part of an annual info-sharing initiative to promote understanding and harmony, Aziz said.

“We believe interfaith dialogue is the way to unite all religions … through community events that explore the teachings and practices of different faiths. There are so many differences and conflicts in the world. We can sit together and see the commonalities; it’s the similarity that brings closeness."

Good to Know:

Interfaith Symposium: June 22, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., McConaghy Centre, 10100 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. All welcome; entry and parking are free; complementary refreshments.

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Kim Zarzour is a Reporter for the Richmond Hill Liberal


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