What Does Peace Mean To You? Ithar AbusheikhaWritten by Muslims of Ottawa
Muslim Link is continuing its series Muslims of Ottawa. At the Canadian Muslims for Peace, we asked Muslims who attended: What Does Peace Mean To You? Here is the response of Ithar Abusheikha who spoke at the event about community engagement.
To me, peace is unity and solidarity. The unity we find in our diversity is what makes the Canadian identity so profound. It all starts with education and mutual knowledge. Mutual knowledge leads to mutual respect. I cannot care for someone I do not know. We need to recognize that there can be unity and strength through diversity. We, as a Muslim community should develop a better knowledge of our diversity, to shape a conscience and intelligence that is confident and serene; that is sure of itself and humble towards others. We need to be self-confident and confident towards others. Once we’ve developed a better knowledge, we must then become allies; advocate for and support members of our community other than our own. As allies, we should not allow intolerance or bigotry in our communities, but will instead strive for a society that is safe for everyone and respectful of all. Indigenous rights, feminism and environmentalism among others are causes in which Canadian Muslims should be fighting for. As responsible citizens, we should stop viewing ourselves as minorities because there is no such thing as a minority citizenship. So, mutual knowledge, then mutual respect, then solidarity then peace! Simple.
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