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Halifax imam calls for more understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims

Halifax imam calls for more understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims

Ummah Mosque imam worried about backlash some Canadian Muslims face following Paris attacks

CBC News Posted: Nov 20, 2015 6:10 PM AT Last Updated: Nov 20, 2015 9:53 PM AT

Abdelkader Tayebi, the imam at the Ummah Mosque in Halifax, wants Muslims and non-Muslims to learn about each other.

Abdelkader Tayebi, the imam at the Ummah Mosque in Halifax, wants Muslims and non-Muslims to learn about each other. (CBC)

The attacks in Paris one week ago has had many people speaking out, and in some cases, acting out against Muslims.

But in Halifax one Muslim leader is trying to work with the community to promote open dialogue so Muslims and non-Muslims can learn more about each other.

Media were invited to attend a prayer service at a Halifax mosque on Friday. Imam Abdelkader Tayebi of Ummah Mosque is upset with the reaction and backlash some Canadian Muslims are facing since the attacks in Paris.

The attackers, he said, give Muslims a bad name.

“They claim to be Muslim, they claim to be advocating the rights of some Muslims and so on and so forth, but that does not help at all,” Tayebi said. “They are acting opposite to the goals of what Islamic behaviour should be.”

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