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Friday, January 09, 2009

Muslim cleric from Edison, New Jersey works for peace in Middle East


EDISON —Township resident Dawud Ahmad Assad has made his life's goal the possibility of achieving peace in the Middle East.

The 77-year-old Islamic cleric, who emigrated to the United States from Palestine when he was 20 years old, has made nine trips to Jerusalem in the past two and a half years as a peace activist.

"I'm optimistic. We have lived peacefully with Jews before and we can live again," he said.

He returned on Dec. 29 from his latest bridge-building mission to the Holy Land


"We all are one family under God. We came from the same seed, from Adam and Eve," Assad said.

He added that he is disappointed when he sees what's going on in Gaza these days.

"If there's no justice, there will be no peace. We need a just broker," he said of the ongoing conflict between Jews and Muslims in Palestine.

He was quick to add that it's not all negative, and that there is a lot of positive action and peace initiatives by peace organizations around the world.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Muslim named to Order of Canada



Azhar Ali Khan, a former member of the Citizen's editorial board, federal government official and president of the Ottawa Muslim Association, was made a member of the Order "for his contributions as a leader in the Muslim community and as a journalist and volunteer dedicated to strengthening ties between people of diverse backgrounds and faiths."

"I'm very honoured and flattered," Mr. Ali Khan said. "I've received the Order of Ontario and the Queen's gold medal award, but this obviously is the top."

He said he is grateful that he had the chance to live in such a great country as Canada.

"I'm just overwhelmed that Canada appreciated whatever little work I did" in helping keep Canada a great country or even improving it, he said.


The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service.

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