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Local Muslim students pull back the veil on Shari'ah law

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March 27, 2018 - 3:45 PM

KELOWNA – It’s a sensitive subject that local Muslim students want to talk about.

Shari’ah Unveiled touches on a hot topic of discussion in Canada, that's why the UBC Okanagan Muslim Student Association is hosting a talk about it tomorrow night. It will centre on a subject that spokesperson Adnan Akiel says has created much fear and confusion recently.

Questions will be addressed like what does Shari’ah mean for Canadians, does Islam need reformation, is Shari’ah something we should be worried about, is it already in Canada and will it make things worse?

“By opening up to the public and having it positive and compassionate, we hope to overcome some of that unnecessarily sensitivity of the subject,” Akiel says.

Hafsa Dean Thompson, a spiritual counselor, public speaker, and educator from Vancouver will be the guest speaker at UBC Okanagan tomorrow night, March 28.

Refreshments will be served and Akiel calls it is a chance for Muslims and non-Muslims to get together and socialize as well as learn.

“That is one of the key features,” he says. “Things become sensitive when they’re not understood and discussed. With that sensitivity comes a lot of unnecessary negativity and skepticism.”

The event, open to the public, is organized by the Bridging Gaps Foundation and the UBC Okanagan Muslim Student Association.

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