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President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New York Passes Away After Over 36 Years of Service to the NY Muslim Community, From Implementing Weekly Youth Education Classes to Hosting Community Symposiums for Local Leaders

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns the passing of the President of its Queens, New York community, Nazir Ahmad Ayaz, who passed away in Manhattan, NY on July 3, 2016, at the age of 69. From God we are and to God we return.

Nazir Ahmad Ayaz was born on May 23, 1947 in Tanga, Tanzania.  Nazir Ayaz was firstelected to the office of President in 1981 and until the day he passed, a monumental 35 years. He was also a member of the International Ahmadiyya Centenary Committee appointed by the late Khalifa of Islam, His Holiness Mirza Tahir Ahmad. The late Khalifa remarked about Ayaz,  “I am happy to say that in my opinion you are an exemplary President of the [Chapter] out of all the U.S.A. [Chapters] by the grace of Allah. I pray that may Allah enable you to maintain that distinction always."

Nazir Ayaz oversaw instrumental developments in New York City’s Ahmadiyya Muslim chapter. In 1996, Ayaz helped facilitate the expansion of Ahmadiyya Muslim chapters in the NYC Metro area from one to three.  In 2005, he then helped the community expand to Long Island. He managed the transition from a mosque in a small house to the great mosque that is now present at the corner of 188th and McLaughlin.

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Says terrorism is against Islamic teaching

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA condemns the terrorist attack at Ataturk airport in Turkey. Reports allege that three suicide bombers attacked the airport and killed 41 people and injured over 200 people.

This is an unspeakable tragedy,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, “Many people were attacked during the holy month of Ramadan.  There is nothing in Islam which allows for such violence.”

We pray for the speedy recovery of the victims and offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

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Offers condolences to victims’ families and friends

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA urges calm after a shooting in an Orlando nightclub left at least 20 dead and 42 injured. Reports state that the shooter has died following a shootout with SWAT officers. The FBI is looking into whether this was an act of international or domestic terrorism. The shooter has been identified as Omar Mateen.

“This is really tragic and sad,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, “Reverence for all human life is the essence of Islamic teaching. This is a time for prayers and efforts to stop such senseless violence in our nation.”

We pray for the speedy recovery of the injured and offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

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Community prays for safety and calm after Mosque shooting

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA expresses its concern after a mosque sign was shot at in Plainfield, Indiana. The mosque serves as the headquarters for the Islamic Society ofNorth America (ISNA). While thankfully nobody was reported injured at the mosque, ISNA congregants have reportedly received threats of violence on account of their faith as Muslims.

“We are saddened to hear about this shooting on our fellow American Muslims,” said Wasim Malik, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, “and are praying for their safety, the mosque’s safety, and for the safety of American Muslims nationwide. This is an emotionally tense time, and we will continue to have education programs to share Islam’s true teachings to effectively address anti-Muslim sentiment.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community urges patience and dialogue during these trying times and urges all Americans to stand united against intolerance and extremism.

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Remembers Ali’s Inspirational Humanitarian Contributions

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns the passing of Muhammad Ali (1942-2016). The Community enjoyed a personal relationship with Ali in his youth, as he studied Islam under the tutelage of several scholars of the Community.

Most significantly, Ali’s unmatched contributions in the service of humanity are commendable and inspiring. He used his celebrity to unapologetically combat racism and anti-Muslim sentiment. Moreover, reports indicate that since 1986 alone he raised over $100 million dollars for charity to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

“Muhammad Ali is an inspiration and a once in a generation icon,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “He was a proud Muslim and a proud African American at a time when both demographics are singled out. We pray that God bestows His grace and mercy on him. We pray that God gives patience to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

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