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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