Muslims and Christians are forming a partnership in an effort to bring refugee families to Victoria.
They will work to help two or three families that have fled violence in countries such as Syria or Iraq. Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau has pledged to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year.
The partnership brings together Masjid Al-Iman with Oak Bay United Church and St. Aidan’s United Church in Saanich.
The groups are a good match, said Ismail Mohamed Nur, the mosque’s imam.
Nur said the Muslim community is “very happy” to be able to work with the Christian groups.
“It’s something that’s been echoed on their side, as well,” he said.
“One of the things that we’ve been talking about when we’ve gotten together is the fact that these kinds of issues, it makes us put our differences aside.”
Nur said that while Christianity and Islam have differences, “at the same time, we have more things in common.”
“One of those things is helping people,” he said.
“This is a real-case scenario where our action or inaction will actually affect people’s lives.”
He said that getting refugees to a new home is just part of the process.
“The first part of helping those people is to bring them to a better place, to Canada, but that’s just half of the story,” he said.
“The second part is helping them integrate into society and taking care of their needs.”