01/20/2015 03:04 EST | Updated 03/22/2015 05:59 EDT

​B.C. Muslim leaders expand campaign against extremism

The B.C. Muslim Association wants the federal government to help it protect Canadians from violent activities here and abroad. 

Association spokesperson Aasim Rashid says his organization is fully committed to providing safety to all Canadians but needs more support and resources to expand programs. 

Rashid says the goal is to provide context to his religion and to explain where texts from the Qur'an are being misused. 

"It's easy to take quotes from the Qur'an and twist them," said Rashid. 

The association wants to create a template that can be used across the country to prevent violent extremism.

"We're all proud Canadians," said Rashid. 

Seminars, workshops and social media will be used to present Islam's views on Jihad to non-Muslims. 

The first seminar, on Jan. 21, will be held at First United Church, in White Rock, B.C.

Other events are planned for the Surrey Public Library and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. 

The programs have been designed with the help of the RCMP.