White Rock Muslim Association president Asad Syed pictured in front of Muslim literature. Photo by Aaron Hinks

White Rock Muslim Association president Asad Syed pictured in front of Muslim literature. Photo by Aaron Hinks

Meet Your Muslim Neighbour event to take place in South Surrey

Event to feature food, culture and Q&A

The White Rock Muslim Association is to host an opportunity for Semiahmoo Peninsula residents to ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbour.’

The free event, to be held Nov. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre, is to feature presentations, booths on Islamic history, art, culture, food and “ample time to given for Q&A and discussions during the formal proceedings.”

Association former chairman Asad Syed told Peace Arch News Wednesday that the local Muslim community’s goal is to foster a multicultural community, “we feel that it is important, we need each other.”

“That’s the only part for me, is to make more harmony in the community and answer questions that the community has,” he said.

Syed said there seems to be a lack of knowledge about Muslim faith, partly due to negative publicity in the press.

“We want to clarify that and we want to bring the fact that we are the same people. We believe in humanity and equality and multiculturalism. We’re not different.”

The event is also to include information about contributions Muslims have made to the world in the past three centuries.

“And the food, we share the food,” he added.