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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA urges calm after acts of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA urges calm after violence erupted in Charlottesville, VA at a planned white nationalists’ rally. Reports state that violence erupted immediately, leaving several people injured.
The extremists participating in this march chanted numerous violence inciting epithets including “Jews will not replace us.” History already records that such hate speech led to violence, genocide, and contributed to many deaths during World War II.
His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Khalifa of Islam, addressed hate speech, stating, “Let it not be in the name of free speech that the world is destroyed.”
“Islam teaches self-restraint as the best speech,” states Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, “This is a time for Americans to stand united against hate speech and embrace this Islamic principle of free speech based on civility and dialogue.”
We pray for the speedy recovery of the injured victims, and pray for justice.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, the nation’s largest and oldest Muslim organization, is hosting its 69th annual Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) from July 14 to 16 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Speakers and participants will include members of the U.S. Congress, U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, members of the Pennsylvania House Representatives, the Mayor of Harrisburg, as well as other prominent academic and inter-faith leaders from around the nation. The Community will also honor the work of Lutheran Services of America and its affiliate organizations.
On June 10, 2017, the 15th day of Ramadhan, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has scheduled over 100 nationwide open houses and iftars on True Islam. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community invites our fellow Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to stand in solidarity with us at one of our 100+ mosques or meeting centers for dialogue and fellowship about True Islam.
“Hate crimes are at historic highs, we need more dialogue, understanding, and compassion,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, national vice president for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “We extend an open invitation to our neighbors of all faiths or no faith to join us in our Coffee, Cake, and True Islam education campaign against extremism and hate.”
Those interested in participating in this nationwide response to hate can find the nearest open house to them at trueislam.com/events. We look forward to our neighbors joining us to build bridges of understanding and dialogue to overcome hate and extremism.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA proudly joins Humanity First, USA, in the fight against hunger in America. Today, 1 in 6 Americans—roughly 49 million people—face a daily battle against hunger. As Muslims prepare for Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA and Humanity First USA invite all Americans to fight hunger by joining the “Fasting to Feed” Program.
“The Fasting to Feed Program is a wonderful way to raise money to feed the hungry,” said Munum Naeem, Executive Director of Humanity First USA. “We invite our fellow Americans to skip a meal and fast for a day during the month of Ramadan. Then, donate what they would have spent on food that day for feeding the hungry.”
“Feeling the hunger pains helps us empathize with those who feel this every day,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA. “The money we save from not eating only makes sense to be given to our fellow Americans who are starving.”
Through Fasting To Feed, Humanity First will support its eight food pantries and local food banks in various cities nationwide. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.usa.humanityfirst.org.
Humanity First USA is holding 4th Annual Live Telethon on Saturday, November 26th, 2016. Program will be broadcast on Humanity First USA website and several other partner websites. Please join us to celebrate Serving Humanity. Telethon 2016
Humanity First USA serve tens of thousands of people each year globally. Approximately 90% or more of your donation is spent directly on projects.
The Association of Ahmadi Muslim Scientists will host the “4th Annual Quran and Science Symposium” on Saturday, August 27th in Baitur Rahman mosque in Silver Spring, MD.
The symposium features talks by leading Muslim scientists highlighting how the Quran enlightens their scientific perspective and fuels their research. Key presentations include topics such as gene editing, cybersecurity, molecular biology, and organic chemistry.
“This is an important event to show that there is no struggle between faith and science,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, Senior Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “On the contrary, we welcome all lovers of science and religion to participate in this event and explore the interconnectedness of universe and faith.”
More information on the program and how to participate can be found at muslimscientists.org.
U.S. lawmakers, governors, diplomats and faith leaders tout Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as a role model for fighting extremism, pursuing peace
Prominent civic, political and religious leaders across the country lauded the efforts of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA during its 68th Annual Convention this past weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. More than 8,000 convention delegates, including 1,500 guests, attended the oldest and longest running Muslim convention in America to discuss efforts to combat extremism and the role of the new “True Islam” campaign in that effort.
Former Maryland Governor and U.S. Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley headlined the guest session and spoke to the audience about the work being done to end extremism. He said, “The True Islam campaign is a gift. It underscores the freedom of conscience, religion, charity, kindness, and generosity to strangers. These values have been demonstrated the world over by you.”
Ambassador Jackie Wolcott, Commissioner of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, who was overjoyed to attend the Muslim convention, discussed her expertise on the war against religious freedom. She stated, “Since your movement's founding, there has been no stronger voice against the rise of extremism and hatred than yours, nor has there been a stronger voice for the recognition that we cannot counter religious extremism of some without defending the religious freedom of all.”
The convention attendees also witnessed an unlikely speaker when Ted Hakey, Jr., a former Marine who shot at the Community’s mosque in Connecticut in November 2015, took the stage and explained why he was there. “Nobody is more surprised than me that I'm here today. I see the banner on the wall: Love For All, Hatred For None and I'm living proof that it works. Forgiveness, education, and Grace of God will overcome hatred every single time.” Since the mosque shooting, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has forgiven Mr. Hakey and he routinely attends the mosque and engages in fellowship with Muslims.
American Muslims gather to erase extremism and rejuvenate spirituality
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, the nation’s largest and oldest Muslim organization, will host the 68th annual 3-day conference to spiritually rejuvenate Muslim Americans, young and old. As the longest running American Muslim conference, it aims to reach into Islam’s fundamentals as practiced by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to teach how to be a model Muslim in today’s world.
The recent attacks in San Bernardino, Orlando, Istanbul, Yemen, Saudi Arabia,Bangladesh and Iraq show that much of the world is in the dark about Islam’s true teachings. Distorted teachings by extremists have promoted fear and Islamophobia worldwide. In response, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has spearheaded a campaign entitled “True Islam and the Extremists” to educate the masses on Islam’s true teachings. Its aim is to enhance the country’s national security through a proven model that saves people from the path of extremism.
“We are at a critical point in a conflict-ridden world.” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “The world cries for a solution and we are here to offer that solution through dialogue, education, and community.”
The conference will be held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA from July 29- July 31st. Thousands of American Muslims from across the country are expected in attendance to participate in the conference, which is also open to the public.
President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New York Passes Away After Over 36 Years of Service to the NY Muslim Community, From Implementing Weekly Youth Education Classes to Hosting Community Symposiums for Local Leaders
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns the passing of the President of its Queens, New York community, Nazir Ahmad Ayaz, who passed away in Manhattan, NY on July 3, 2016, at the age of 69. From God we are and to God we return.
Nazir Ahmad Ayaz was born on May 23, 1947 in Tanga, Tanzania. Nazir Ayaz was firstelected to the office of President in 1981 and until the day he passed, a monumental 35 years. He was also a member of the International Ahmadiyya Centenary Committee appointed by the late Khalifa of Islam, His Holiness Mirza Tahir Ahmad. The late Khalifa remarked about Ayaz, “I am happy to say that in my opinion you are an exemplary President of the [Chapter] out of all the U.S.A. [Chapters] by the grace of Allah. I pray that may Allah enable you to maintain that distinction always."
Nazir Ayaz oversaw instrumental developments in New York City’s Ahmadiyya Muslim chapter. In 1996, Ayaz helped facilitate the expansion of Ahmadiyya Muslim chapters in the NYC Metro area from one to three. In 2005, he then helped the community expand to Long Island. He managed the transition from a mosque in a small house to the great mosque that is now present at the corner of 188th and McLaughlin.