"O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)."
Holy Qur'an 49:13 (Al-Hujraat - The Inner Apartments)
The theme of Islam Awareness Week 2010 is "Cultivating Positive Emotions for a Healthy Society"
Islam seeks to improve our well-being by teaching us how to develop positive emotions and avoid negative ones. People with positive emotions tend to be happier, healthier and better members of the society. Islamic teachings will contribute tremendously in this regards.
The mission of Islam Awareness Week is "To increase awareness about Islam and Muslim New Zealanders"
Islam Awareness Week 2010 will be officially launched in Wellington on Monday, 2 August 2010 at 10.30 am at the Wellington Islamic Centre, 7-11 Queens Drive, Kilbirnie, Wellington.
For an overview of Islam Awareness Week 2010 Events please click here and check out the Events menu item for details of local events & activities in your area.
Islam Awareness Week is a week of information and activities organised by local Muslims to increase New Zealanders' awareness of their beliefs, values and practises, and to tackle misinformation about their religion in a positive way. The aim is to achieve greater understanding between us all, by promoting communication and new relationships. It's also hoped to reduce ignorance and misconceptions about the world's second largest religion: prejudices about Islam often result from misinformation through news media reporting on world events involving Muslims. Most provide little or no perspective as to what Islam's take is on the issue or the position of the other 1.3999 billion Muslims. Negative reporting has been a major cause of the ignorance of Islam we see today.
On the other hand, interactions during Islam Awareness Week provide a chance for all of us to find out directly from each other what it is that concerns us or we want to know about. Activities during the Week such as Mosque open days, talks, video screenings and information displays will allow people an insight into the Islamic way of life and the Muslims who follow it. Some may build on what they know, others might change what they thought they knew, or learn basic facts, such as that most Muslims are not Arabs, or that Islam means peace. Others may be interested in topics of their own interest whether it be Peace, Women, War, Law, God, or whatever – if we just come to know each other a little better in our own ways, Islam Awareness Week will certainly have achieved its goal.