A Quran exhibition is scheduled to appear at the Alvin Public Library on April 2, and it’s the hope of those associated with the exhibition that it will open the eyes of visitors who are not familiar with the religion, its practices and its people.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, which is an auxiliary wing of the Amadiyya Muslim Community, will have the exhibition from noon to 4 p.m. in a library meeting room.
One of those associated with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, spoke about the misconceptions some might have.
“We are hoping that through this exhibition we can directly communicate with the locals of Alvin about the true face of Islam and convince them that terrorism has no place in the true Islamic teachings,” said Alamzeb Khan, regional youth representative for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Houston North.
“We are also hoping that this exhibition would address a common complaint that Muslims do not speak out enough against terrorism conducted in the name of Islam.”
Khan said he is part of a group of Muslims that believes in the “Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad,” who was born in 1835.
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who authored more than 90 books on various religious, theological and moral aspects, was an Indian religious leader and the founder of Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam.
He passed away in 1908.
“We are one of the oldest Muslim sects in the United States; we started here in 1920s and have 70 chapters spread out through the U.S.,” Khan said.
Three chapters are located in the greater Houston area.
Khan said the exhibition will provide local residents with an introduction to Islam and identify commonalities between Islam and other major religions of the world. The Quran exhibit is part of a 2016 national effort that is occurring in more than 60 communities across the U.S.
“The purpose behind the campaign is to show Americans that Islam is not all about extremist views that are projected by the media; it is also to show that the version of Islam advertised by extremists violates Islam’s basic principles,” Khan said. “We are also one of the several voices condemning terrorism conducted in the name of Islam and believe that it is absolutely un-Islamic.”
Khan said visitors would be provided with the actual teachings of Islam instead of the rhetoric that has lately been used in media and political campaigns.
“We are going to have educational posters, and copies of various publications as well as translations of the Quran in several languages displayed at the exhibition.
Visitors can expect to view a walk-through style exhibit and Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association representatives will be available to chat with visitors about different aspects of Islam and answer any questions.
The Alvin Library, a branch of the Brazoria County Library System, is located at 105 S. Gordon Street.
To find out more about this exhibit and the organizations in charge of it, visit their website at muslimyouth.org.