Muslims Urge Tolerance at Easter Event

April 9, 2007

Author: Peter Corbett

Source: The Arizona Republic

Arif Kazmi is out to try to help the Valley community better understand his Islamic faith and its prophet.

On Easter Sunday, Kazmi was one of the organizers of a religious and social gathering of about 200 Muslims at the Chandler Community Center that was open to all faiths.

The event celebrated the birthday of Prophet Mohammed, which this year coincided with the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Christian religion.

It was an occasion to bridge the gap between Muslims and Christians and celebrate the life of the prophet.

"There is a lot of tension in the world," said Kazmi, a former Chandler Human Relations Commission chairman. "We want to bring some release in that tension."

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