Distinguished Member of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Passes Away After Over Sixty Years of Service
- Published on 08 February 2015
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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns passing of al-Hajj Rashid Ahmad American
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns the passing of its former President, al-Hajj Rashid Ahmad American, who passed away in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 7, 2015, at the age of 91. To God we belong and to God we return.
Rashid Ahmad was born in 1923 in St. Louis, Illinois. He became an Ahmadi Muslim in 1947. In 1949, he traveled to Pakistan to study Islam. During his time in Pakistan, he became fluent in Urdu and Punjabi. While there, he affectionately received the moniker of “American”, which he adopted to his name. Mr. Ahmad returned to America to share Islam with his family, friends, and community. After performing the pilgrimage to Mecca in 1998, he earned the title of al-Hajj, a performer of Hajj.
Aside from his involvement with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, he was also a staple in his Milwaukee community. Mr. Ahmad regularly appeared on the TV program Islam Live on public TV.
“Rashid Ahmad American was a role model for thousands of people. His humble nature touched everyone and he will be greatly missed by friends, family, and our Community.” said Wasim Malik, Vice President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, “We have the utmost respect for him and offer our heartfelt prayers for Mr. Ahmad and his grieving family. Members of our Community, young and old, will miss him dearly.”
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA Commends President Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Remarks
- Published on 07 February 2015
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Supports President’s call to remain united against all religious extremism
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA commends President Obama’s powerful remarks against extremism at the annual prayer breakfast. In recognizing that terrorism has no religion the President stated, “And lest we [Christians] get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
Furthermore, at a time of rising Islamophobia and anti-Muslim discrimination and violence, President Obama reinforced his commitment to serving America’s religious minorities: “And if, in fact, we defend the legal right of a person to insult another’s religion, we’re equally obligated to use our free speech to condemn such insults — and stand shoulder to shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities who are the targets of such attacks.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has long advocated for religious tolerance, pluralism, and respectful dialogue. “As Muslims and as Americans, we celebrate President Obama’s compassionate support for religious tolerance, pluralism, and respectful dialogue,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “Islam and Prophet Muhammad teach us to work together with all people to promote peace and mutual respect. We remain committed to working together with President Obama and all Americans towards a stronger and more tolerant nation.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA implores the President to continue his efforts to combat anti-Muslim discrimination in America—both in the private sector and among government officials.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA condemns attack on Charlie Hebdo
- Published on 07 January 2015
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Calls for prayer, patience, and dialogue to overcome extremism
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA categorically condemns the barbaric attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France, and mourns with the families of the victims.
Reports indicate that two culprits have killed at least 12 innocent civilians and injured several more. The Community mourns the loss of innocent life and prays that may God Almighty bring patience to the hearts of those grieving the loss of loved ones.
“Nothing justifies this barbaric and inhumane attack,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “Islam and Prophet Muhammad teach that life is sacrosanct and specifically forbids any worldly punishment for blasphemy. The culprits behind this atrocity have violated every Islamic tenet of compassion, justice, and peace.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community asks all people to work together to eradicate extremism in all its forms. We continue to pray for peace and for those suffering.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA condemns anti-Ahmadi and anti-Semitic hate speech
- Published on 27 December 2014
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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA categorically condemns the hate-filled and false statements made on GEO TV’s 'Subah Pakistan’ program.
The hate-filled ‘Subah Pakistan’ program broadcasted in Pakistan on GEO Television and by subscription in the United States of America on December 22, 2014. Hosted by the infamous hate preacher Amir Liaqat Hussein, who has a history of promoting terrorism, the program claimed that “Ahmadi Muslims and Jews are the enemies of Pakistan” [and] “the culprits behind the Peshawar Attack.”
This demonstrably false language promotes national and international anti-Ahmadi hatred and anti-Semitism. The program additionally alleged that Ahmadi Muslims are the “common enemy of all sects of Islam” and are “enemies of Pakistan responsible for various terrorism plots against Pakistanis.”
In an attempt to further incite hatred against Ahmadi Muslims, the program falsely alleged that Ahmadi Muslims commit blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad. This is a particularly incendiary statement both because it is false and also because Pakistan enforces the death penalty for blasphemy. Tragically, extremists in Pakistan have murdered innocent civilians on multiple occasions on the mere accusation of blasphemy.
American Muslim Group Rallies Against ISIS and other Extremists
- Published on 25 December 2014
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Special session includes featured remarks from leading U.S. Congressman, internationally renowned Imam and new city police chief
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, one of the nation’s oldest Muslim organizations, celebrates its 29th West Coast Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) this weekend in Chino, California.
Saturday’s special session will feature many community leaders. U.S. Congressman Ed Royce (R-39), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, will deliver featured remarks about ISIS. Imam Azhar Haneef, renowned scholar and National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, will address the audience on the concept of “Khilafat” (caliphate) in Islam and how it is a force for peace not conquest. Amidst national unrest and growing distrust with law enforcement, Chino Police Chief Karen Comstock will deliver remarks to a racially diverse audience.
Others scheduled to participate include:
1. Dick Haley, City Council, City of Corona
2. Eric Linder, California State Assemblyman (R-CA-60)
3. Marc Steinorth, California State Assemblyman (R-CA-40)
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA Condemns Terrorist Attack on Pakistan Schoolchildren
- Published on 16 December 2014
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Ahmadi Muslims mourn 150 children in Peshawar murdered by Taliban
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA condemns in the strongest terms today’s terrorist attack on Peshawar Government schools. Reports indicate at least 150 children have been killed and scores more injured.
The Community mourns with the families and friends of those afflicted by this horrible atrocity. May God give them strength, patience, and fortitude to bear through this painful and shameful day.
“As Muslims, as parents, and as human beings, we are devastated to hear of this horrific act of terror,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, “and condemn the Taliban in the strongest terms possible. We once again call upon the Government of Pakistan to stop this injustice and to root out and end the Taliban’s reign of terror.”
Nationwide American Muslim Organization Condemns Oklahoma Beheading
- Published on 27 September 2014
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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns beheading and mourns with the victim’s family