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Islamic centre helps heal

The Kelowna Islamic Centre will be holding an open house this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with a special prayer session scheduled at noon to remember and honour the 50 victims who lost their lives in the New Zealand mosque shooting.

Husain Sattar tells Castanet the idea is to lend support for the victims and their families as well as to show Kelowna and the world that Islam is not that different.

"The Mosque will be open for anyone to learn about Islam and to come and go freely. Around noon we will be hosting a special prayer session. We are inviting everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, and sexuality to come and help us support the people affected."

Sattar says, "we felt the best thing we can do as leaders in our community is to try and bring people together in times like this. We want to provide the opportunity to share and learn about each other. This shooting was about one person believing his faith was better than others and that cost 50 lives."

The open house is open to anyone regardless of their faith, creed colour or sexuality, "we aren't as different as we have been labeled," says Sattar.



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