Who said Muslims and Christians can’t work together in peace? The Masjid Al-Iman mosque and the Oak Bay and St. Aidan’s united churches are working together to try and get Syrian refugees to Victoria. When the communities saw the photo of young Alan Kurdi, stranded on the Turkish beach early September, they felt like they needed to take some action.
That’s why they planned an event in the Al-Iman Mosque to draw attention to the refugee crisis and tell people how they can help. Imam Ismail Nur said that this event was both a fundraising event and a way to rasie awareness. But they have much bigger plans with their project. So far they have raised a sum of $58,000, and with this money they want to help two to three Syrian families come to Victoria. They’re not only willing to support them for living expenses, they even want to include English training lessons, childcare and help them with the medical system.
They also want to provide basic needs such as food, clothing and household goods.
The Imam and Reverend said that even though both communities have their differences, they want to put these away and come together to help those in need and try to make a change. “while Christianity and Islam have differences, at the same time, we have more things in common. One of those things is helping people.”, Nur said.
Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau had already mentioned that he was accepting 25.000 refugees to Canada, but it’s amazing to see how different communites are also willing to help them when they finally get there.