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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.

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