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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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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.

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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.

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Implores unity against extremism in this holy month of Ramadan

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA extends its deepest condolences to the loved ones of the two good Samaritans who lost their lives on Friday evening, May 26. Reports indicate a 35- year-old white male harassed two teen girls when the two good Samaritans intervened to stop him. At that point, the known suspect stabbed both to death and injured a third person.

“Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives standing up for what is right. May God give them comfort, justice, and patience in this difficult time,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, national vice president for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented levels of anti-Muslim hate crimes in America today.”

To combat extremism and misinformation, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has launched the True Islam education campaign at trueislam.com. We invite all our fellow Americans to sign up as a #MuslimAlly at the website. Then, join us for coffee and cake to build bridges of understanding and dialogue to overcome hate and extremism.

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA appreciates that in his Riyadh address, the President expressed a desire to promote peace and end terrorism. However, the underlying challenge of the summit is the $350 billion arms deal. Historically, the arms trade has resulted in more fighting, wars, and extremism.

“We applaud the President on acknowledging that Muslims comprise 95% of the victims of terrorism and that Muslim youth especially deserve peace,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, national vice president for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “However, rather than with an arms trade, we encourage all nations committed to ending terrorism to invest in education, and focus on justice and equity for all.

Instead of more weapons, a proven secular and justice based model of peace and education is the key to ending terrorism in all its forms. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has exemplified that model of peace for its near 130-year worldwide existence. Under a true Islamic Khilafat, and without any weapons, fighting, or war, the Community has promoted universal religious freedom, equality, and Muslim reformation—all while preventing extremism and radicalization at its root.

About Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, reformist and fast-growing international movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Community spans over 200 nations with membership exceeding tens of million. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is among the oldest American-Muslim organizations.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the longawaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival and moderation. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings.

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