Muslim friends look to bust Islam myths

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Wali Khan and his three friends from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association are travelling through regional WA to help dispel myths about Islam.

The group used their weekend to visit Katanning, Narrogin and Albany. They went into each community with pamphlets and open ears to discuss misconceptions about Muslims.

Mr Khan, a 29-year-old aerospace engineer from Perth, said most of the questions asked of him were about the rights of women in Islam and religious violence.

“This is something that I have come across several times during this trip already,” he said.

“To tackle this, obviously we tried our best to give them the right information and to remove all the misinformation that was there.”

He said one common misconception about Islam was that the religion promoted war.

“The No.1 (misconception) is that Islam promotes bloodshed and war and hatred, and that’s not the case,” he said.

“That’s why the goal of our trip is to give Australians the opportunity to be mates with a Muslim youth.

“The sole purpose is to create awareness of the true teachings of Islam and to remove the misconceptions that basically we see across everywhere.”

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