But there is another side to Islam, one we rarely see, read or hear about. One that inspires with pluralism, humanitarianism and action framed in ethical service and unrelenting philanthropy.
It’s the side of Islam that lives among us, creating a legacy of hospitals, schools, business enterprises and cultural institutions to impact the quality of life of communities across Canada, Asia and Africa.
In 1985, a group of Ismaili women in Vancouver came together to raise funds to support the work of the Aga Khan. They got 1,000 other Canadians to join them in a walk to fight global poverty and raised $55,000. Today, the World Partnership Walk, an annual event held in 10 cities across Canada, has raised more than $100 million — making it the largest event in Canada in support of international development.
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