Conference to tackle prejudice

Members of the Muslim community are holding a Peace Conference in Bearsden to encourage racial and religious tolerance.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Glasgow, welcomes local residents to attend the event which promises to offer ‘a riveting, eye-opening look at guarding against radicalistaion’ on Saturday, November 14, at 5pm in Bearsden Burgh Hall on Drymen Road.

Ahmed Owusu-Konadu, Youth President and external affairs secretary with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Scotland, said: “Islam doesn’t have a very good image at the moment because a lot of Muslims are going to fight in conflicts in the belief that they are defending Islam because they don’t have a proper understanding of the religion which is peaceful.

“Members of the Muslim community in Bearsden and Milngavie are in the minority in the area and they want to feel integrated into society without prejudice or being bullied at school.

“Peace conferences can help to achieve that.”

Daud Ahmed Qureshi, also from the Muslim organisation, added: “Our conferences talk about how we can bring about peace in society and get to know each other better.

“Our main message is ‘Love For All, Hatred For None’.

“We felt it was important to hold these events in as wide a variety of places as possible.

“Speakers will be telling people about what’s happening in the world as Muslims are getting a bad time at the moment because of conflicts in the Middle East.

“We’d like to tell people that it’s not true Muslims who are doing these bad things. Our religion, Islam, is a peaceful one.”

If you would like to attend please register at www.peaceconference.co.uk or contact Daud Ahmed Qureshi on 0141 334 7931 or Mian A.Wahab Mahmood on 07850 433 657 or email info@peaceconference.co.uk. Admission is by prior invitation only. There will be a free dinner towards the end of the event - 7pm.