Monday, July 7, 2008

Ismaili Muslims host Historic Cities exhibition

Rev. Murdo Marple (right) of the Knox Presbyterian Church an exhibit at the luncheon hosted for the Calgary interfaith community

Rev. Jake Kroeker (right) of the First Baptist Church viewing an exhibit at the luncheon hosted for the Calgary interfaith community

Calgary Herald
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Graeme Morton

Calgarians will get a chance to view the Historic Cities exhibition, an initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, today when Calgary's Ismaili Muslim community hosts its annual Stampede breakfast.

The dramatic collection of photographs and narrative text chronicles the work spearheaded by the Aga Khan in promoting the conservation and restoration of buildings and public spaces in historic cities throughout the Muslim world.

The Historic Cities exhibition, an initiative of Aga Khan's trust for culture, will be on display at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre today and next week.

"It showcases some of the architectural marvels of Muslim civilizations, which are often not that well known in the West," says Almoonir Dewji of the Calgary Ismaili community.

"And there's certainly an economic development component, where the local population is involved in the restorations. It's about bringing back pride in their history," Dewji adds.

The Historic Cities projects include the Al-Azhar Park in Cairo, the Citadel of Aleppo and Masyaf in Syria, the Djingereyber Mosque in Mali, the Timur Shah Mausoleum in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Humayan's Tomb in New Delhi, India.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Multi-faith group applauds mosque

(L to R): Rod Macdonald, Anna Tremblay (Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary), Almoonir Dewji (Ismaili Muslim Community) and Rev. Gary Watts (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada) at the opening ceremonies of the Baitun Nur Mosque

Multi-faith group applauds mosque
Graeme Morton,
Calgary Herald

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Calgary's Muslim-Christian Dialogue group has issued a message of congratulations to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community on this morning's official dedication of their new, $14-million mosque in Castleridge.

"It is our hope that the Baitun Nur mosque will be a place of prayerful contemplation and search for enlightenment, a place where Calgarians can come together to exchange knowledge and ideas, enabling us all to more fully appreciate one another," the interfaith group said in a joint statement.

"This search for mutual understanding remains essential to assuring peace and stability among diverse cultures and faiths," it adds.

The dialogue group includes representations from a number of Muslim organizations, the Arabic Christian Church of Calgary, Calgary Evangelical Ministerial Association and the Anglican, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and United Church denominations.

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