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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 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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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.

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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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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.

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