In The Spotlight
7th Annual “Day on the Hill” will highlight “True Islam” grassroots campaign
Delegates from 75 chapters of America’s oldest Muslim organization are expected to meet with several hundred U.S. Congressional offices in Washington D.C. The annual day of advocacy this year will focus on efforts to combat violent extremism, protect vulnerable religious minorities and empower American Muslims. Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA) will address the attendees in the morning to launch this annual event.
A prominent feature of the day of advocacy will be the “True Islam” grassroots campaign to combat the perverse ideology of extremists and better protect national security. The acclaimed “True Islam” campaign has received over 13,000 individual endorsements, including many federal and state lawmakers, city officials, members of law enforcement, and faith-based communities. The #MuslimAlly hashtag promotes awareness on various social media platforms to combat ignorance.
Delegates will also brief U.S. Congressional offices about the newly launched Ahmadiyya Muslim Congressional Caucus for the 115th Congress, Co-Chaired by U.S. Congressional Representatives Peter King (R-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA). The Caucus aims to educate members of Congress about the repression of religious minorities worldwide (especially in South Asia and the Middle East), including Ahmadi Muslims, Christians and other persecuted communities.
Event: The True Islam and #MuslimAlly Campaign
When: February 17, 2017 at 10:00-11:00 AM (event starts at 10:00 am sharp)
Where: Cannon House Building, Room 121
U.S. Capitol Hill
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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.