Muslim community responds to photos
Following media reports of the brown/blackface pictures of Justin Trudeau, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at were concerned. However, we are appreciative of the acceptance, acknowledgment and apology by Justin Trudeau. As per the teachings of Islam, which emphasize the significance of forgiveness, we have accepted his sincere apology and forgive him.
We have known Justin Trudeau as he has occupied the seat of the highest office in the country and well before becoming the Prime Minister. In all of our meetings, interactions and joint initiatives, we have found him to be genuinely inclusive, open-minded and appreciative of various faiths, cultures and ethnicities. We hope that Justin Trudeau takes time to reflect on his past error in judgement and uses this experience to work toward creating a more inclusive, just and harmonious society.
Canada is a model country and society on the world stage. We pray that Canada will continue to display the highest standards of morality, integrity and justice.
Asif Khan, of the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Jama`at Canada