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Islamic Society of Edson invited community to visit their Mosque

by Deanna Mitchener
As a part of the Alberta Culture Days on Century 21 - October 23
October 1 the Islamic Society of Edson opened
their doors and invited the community to visit Alpine Realty 3% - October 9
their Edson Mosque.
The invitation gave people a chance to learn Royal - October 16
more about the diverse Muslim culture and to
enjoy an array of foods from around the country.
They had a great turnout with a steady flow of
guests through the Mosque who were treated to
many different, very tasty dishes. Guests were
welcomed and encouraged to ask questions.
The Muslim community in Edson believes in
living in harmony with their neighbors. Muslims
come from all races, nationalities, and cultures
across the world. They have varied customs,
languages, foods, dress and they come from all
social demographics and contribute to society as
entrepreneurs, engineers, industrialists,
physicians, scientists and teachers.
Islamic faith is based on five pillars the first
being the Testimony of Faith, Prayers, Charity,
Fasting and Pilgrimage. Jocelyn Pettitt is a
member of the Islamic Society of Edson and was
very open in sharing her beliefs and answering RIVER RIDGE ESTATES
any questions. "Our faith is monotheistic. We
believe in one God the creator, similar to the EVERY SINGLE LOT REDUCED - SEE DETAILS BELOW!
Christians and the Jews. Our Quran is a
confirmation of what came before it. If you read
the Quran you will discover it talks about the
Bible and the Torah and all of the prophets Toufik Baterdouk, Vice President of the Board for the Islamic Society of Edson stands with a
beginning with Adam to Abraham, Moses to group that were curious and had questions to ask about the Mosque, on October 1.
Noah, and finally our last prophet being our final
messenger. We believe in the final messenger photo Deanna Mitchener
that Jesus will be resurrected similar to the
Christians. We believe in the day of judgment, so Bible came for these people at this time, and the There are many believers in this world, many
Quran is revealed for the people at that time. So
we are all waiting for that same date. So we have for me, it was a confirmation of everything that who believe in the Creator. Not one person is
more in common with our Christian and Jewish had come before, it was true and it was easy as I better than another, we just praise God and
religions than we have different, we are an was already a believer in worship differently," said Pettitt.
extension of that. I think some people may think God. It was just accepting
we believe in a different God, but Allah is the these new practices in my HOME SWEET HOME!!
Arabic word for God. We have very similar life," said Jocelyn.
morals and beliefs, Islam basically gives us a "We pray five times a
way to live," said Pettitt.
"One of the things that attracted me to this day. Once in the morning
religion, because I wasn't born a Muslim, was the before sunrise, again
around noon, we pray in
fact that it didn't deny everything that came the afternoon just after
before it. It didn't say these people are wrong, or sunset, and again later in
those people were wrong, and if you're not this the evening before bed. It
you're going to hell. It said these people are right, is a great way to connect
the Torah came for those people at that time, the
and center yourself again.

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