IN CONVERSATION :
Kashif, Ahmadiyya Muslim Association (In Street. Manchester, North West England)
Kashif tells me about the work of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association.
JO: We’re on Market Street, aren’t we?
K: We are … yes …
JO: Market Street, Manchester … Sunday morning …
K: Sunday morning
JO: and I’m standing with
K: Ahmadiyya Muslim Association
JO: what’s your name?
K: My name is Kashif …
K: I am the representative of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association
K: and we are just spreading the message of the peace … of the true Islam … [ ] in Islam, there is no compulsion … [ ] our message is love for all, hatred for none …
JO: yes … and that’s an important message right now, isn’t it?
K: [ ] we are spreading only this message …. [ ]
JO: Are you based in the area?
K: Yes … we are in Salford … [ ] two miles from here …
JO: Salford, yes?
K: Salford yes …
JO: my pronunciation is not so good … I am a southerner ..
K: no problem ….
JO: [ ] and is there a lot of difficulty in the community with the relationship between Islam and the public? Does the public misunderstand ?
K: Really … what are they doing … [ ] they don’t have any link with Islam … they have their own agenda …
JO: we’re talking about these people who do ….
K: who do terrorism …
K: they have their own agenda ….
JO: but I’m asking you, do you feel that the public properly understands what Islam is about?
K: Some people .. they are understanding about what we are spreading but sometimes when their loved ones … when their relatives are hurt .. they are not listening anything … this is the revenge is came out [ ]
JO: has there been a lot of that since the incident in Manchester recently?
K: really … after the Arena … really … our sympathy with them .. we participated in the vigil and on that vigil, the most prominent is love for all … [ ] and we are standing with them … our emotions with them … our sympathy with them [ ]
K: they don’t have anything right to kill anybody …
JO: I mean … my feeling is .. based on everything I’ve seen … there is an agenda by the British government … the state … as well as the media in certain places … to create Islamophobia …. it’s a policy .. in my view …
K: I think so … It is your view …
JO: So you are fighting a big … if that is true … you are fighting a big force ….
K: Yes … no … everyone has his own view … we can’t force anybody …. but our view is … everybody should be stay peace, calm, and harmony … [ ]
JO: thank you very much
K: you are welcome