This Saturday, January 14, the Islamic Society, Ahmadiyya AnjumanIsha’at-I-Islam (Lahore) Australia, is marking Prophet Muhammad Day with an invitation-only event to help clear up misconceptions about Islam.
The society was founded to spread Islam and this day is designed to propagate Islam peacefully, clear doubt and form fraternity.
There will be guests from different faiths and cultures.
A feature of the event will be a Q&A session where questions will be put to the panel from the floor – not shying away from controversial topics.
Guests will be encouraged to ask questions to help clarify misconceptions about Islam and we pray they take what they learn and spread the message of love and peace.
Sam Khan, the society’s general secretary, quotes Shannon L. Adler: “Most misunderstandings in the world can be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask ‘What else could this mean?’
“Guests will be encouraged to ask questions to help clarify any misconceptions about Islam and we pray they take what they learn and spread the message of love and peace,” Sam said.
Chief guest is Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller, who was first elected to Liverpool Council in 1995 – the fifth woman to achieve that. She’s had extensive experience in local government, including being deputy mayor then being elected as mayor from 2008 to 2012, the first woman mayor here. She’s vice-chairwoman of the Australian Local Government Women's Association of NSW, which represents women in local government.
Key presenter is society president Sadr-ud-Dean Sahu-Khan, a student of Islam who got the Dean’s award for his Master of Islamic studies at Charles Sturt University. He’s chairman of the ACT Interfaith Forum and he’ll talk on the teachings of Prophet Muhammad for contemporary times.
- This paper will carry a report on the day.
- NOTE: This story has been updated to clarify that this is not a public event but attendance is by invitation only.