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A Journey Into Islam 2018

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Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre

8580 Number 5 Road

Richmond, BC V6Y 2V4

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Join us on Saturday January 28, 2017, for the sixth annual A Journey Into Islam exhibition and open house. A Journey Into Islam is an initiative undertaken by the youth of the Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre, designed to convey the core beliefs and practices of the Islamic faith in an interactive and comprehensible manner. We aim to create a comfortable environment in which guests are welcome to ask questions and engage in dialogue with members of our community.

The goal of the event is to showcase our faith through an evening full of interactive exhibits, guided tours of our beautiful Centre, and a tasty ethnic dinner. The exhibits are designed to address various elements of our faith, and to clear misconceptions. For more on what you can expect to see during the evening, visit our Exhibits page.

Muslims come from and reside in every corner of the world and practice the religion in a variety of ways—yet we are all guided by universal, unifying beliefs. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Inclusivity in Islam.’ From the time of Muhammad in 622 CE, Islam has promoted the inclusion of marginalized people within the Muslim community and society such as political foes, individuals with physical or mental disabilities, and racial and religious minorities to name a few.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the event cost?

A Journey Into Islam is a free event. However, registration via Eventbrite is required.


How will I register for tours?

Meet us at our registration desk and we will be able to assign you a tour group when you come in. Groups are approximately 30 and will take about 20-25 minutes to complete.


What should or shouldn't I wear?

Guests are welcome to dress comfortably, however, keep in mind that you're visiting a place of worship where modesty is valued. Also, be prepared to remove your shoes when entering the building.


Do I have to stay for the entire event?

The event begins with a banquet dinner, and is followed by an open exhibition and tours of the Centre. If you are only able to make part of the event, please contact the organizers as soon as possible at ajourneyintoislam@az-zahraa.org.


Is the age limit strictly enforced?

If you have/are a very keen twelve year old, send us an email and we may be able to make an exception.


Can I take photographs at the event?

Definitely! If you're posting them on Twitter or Instagram, make sure to tag us @AzIslamExpo, and use our hashtag #AJII17.


I have dietary restrictions/allergies. Will there be any food I can eat?

As Muslims, we're no strangers to dietary restrictions. Send us an email at ajourneyintoislam@az-zahraa.org, and we'll make sure your needs are taken care of.


Can I make a donation?

Absolutely. We take great pride in offering this as an entirely free event, but we won't turn away any monetary support if you feel so inclined!



Things to Keep in Mind

As mentioned above, modesty is a core value in Islam and is observed in many ways. Members of different genders, unless immediately related, will usually refrain from any form of physical contact. Please do not feel offended if, out of modesty, someone does not shake your hand. Don't worry, we’re still delighted to meet you!

Since you will be visiting a place of worship, we ask that you refrain from wearing anything too revealing. After all, it's January and we wouldn't want anyone feeling cold! We are also requesting that during the dinner portion of the event men and women sit on separate sides of the gymnasium. Volunteers will be able to guide you on the day of.

Don't worry if some of these rules confuse you—this event is meant to answer your questions!

For any further inquiries or concerns, feel free to contact us at ajourneyintoislam@az-zahraa.org


A Note for Community Members

As always, in order to attend A Journey Into Islam, community members are required to bring a guest to share in the experience. Please be prepared to submit your guest's name and contact information when you register.

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