An Invercargill Islamic leader has seen a positive shift in peoples' approach to him and his family since the Christchurch mosque shootings.
He believes there is a still misunderstanding of Islamic religion and is organising an event to share his belief.
Dr Reza-Abdul Jabbar said he has felt tremendous support from the community since the terrorist attack but wants to create more of an understanding of the Islam religion.
Some people refer to Islam as a culture, but it's a belief, he said.
The Muslim community is growing in Southland and there are two billion Muslims in the world, Jabbar said.
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