Aussie Muslim Youth to travel over 30,000km to meet Australians living in remote towns

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As part of a nationwide campaign titled the “Discover Islam Road Trip”, over 60 Muslim youth from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) will travel from far and wide across the nation to the heart of Australia, Ayers Rock, Uluru from 24th to 30th August. Along the way, they will stop at around 50 regional and remote towns with the aim to build stronger relationships in an effort to promote social cohesion and remove misconceptions.
Research has shown that about 70 per cent of Australians know ‘little to nothing’ about Muslims or what they stand for. About half of Australians still have negative sentiments towards Muslims and more than half are uncomfortable speaking with a Muslim. The ‘Discover Islam Road Trip’ will provide Australian’s living in regional and remote areas the opportunity to have a free coffee and make friends with Aussie Muslims.
The National President of AMYA of Australia, Waqas Ahmad states:
“What better way to explore the Aussie outback and get to know other fellow Aussies? Our youth are committed to eradicating the fear that is often felt by non-Muslims in Australia, by devoting their time and effort to travel from all across Australia to the heart of our nation and provide opportunity for conversation. Studies tell us that having more factual knowledge about Muslims leads to less prejudice so this is the perfect way to engage with people and play our part in positively shifting any negative views that people may have.”
Out of respect, the Muslim youth will not climb Ayers Rock. Instead they will spend their time cleaning the area as well as praying for peace and prosperity for all Australians at this sacred site.
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