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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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Extends condolences to the victims

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA categorically condemns the terrorist attack at Brussels airport which left at least 30 dead and dozens injured.

“This is a tragic loss of human life,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, Senior Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “The Quran teaches us to save lives, not take them away. It is essential more than ever to unite as Americans and global citizens.”

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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Republicans and Democrats to Express Bi-Partisan Support of New “True Islam” Campaign and Its 11-Point Challenge

At least six members of U.S. Congress, led by U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) and U.S. Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), Co-Chairs of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Congressional Caucus, will join 75 delegates of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, along with representatives from the U.S. State Department, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and other faith-based and civic organizations, to support the new “True Islam” campaign (TrueIslam.com).

The campaign, which was formally launched days after the San Bernardino tragedy, clarifies eleven misconceptions about Islam. It challenges Muslims and non-Muslims alike to actively counter the perverse ideology of extremists in the interest of protecting national security. The campaign has received over 3,000 individual endorsements, including many federal and state lawmakers, city officials, members of law enforcement and faith-based communities.

The nation’s largest Muslim organization, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has led several prior award-winning campaigns, including Life” blood drive initiative to honor the victims of 9/11.

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True Islam event on Capitol Hill draws bipartisan support

 

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA announced the True Islam and the Extremists campaign on Capitol Hill today. Seven Congress Members and a State Department representative attended to publicly announce their support of this unprecedented effort to combat terrorism and improve national security. Staff of Congressional offices, NGOs, local city and state officials, members of law enforcement and faith leaders were in attendance as well.

The True Islam campaign uses the Quran and Prophet Muhammad’s example to effectively rebut 11 common misconceptions about Islam that extremists use to radicalize youth. These 11 points include Islam’s correct view on freedom of speech, religious freedom, and women’s rights.

“I’m very proud to be a supporter of your campaign. The True Islam campaign is so important,” said Representative Mike Honda (D-CA), “President Obama asked us to unite against ISIS. This is the answer to the President.”

“Islamophobia has no place in our country,” said Representative Judy Chu (D-CA), “We must never use fear to harm innocent people. Unfortunately, that is happening today.” Representatives Honda and Chu spoke about how unchecked and unethical journalism and
fear of Japanese people resulted in internment camps. They vowed to work to prevent this from happening to any group ever again, especially given the current Islamophobic rhetoric.

“Your True Islam campaign is a gift to us,” said Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), co-chair of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus, “We need to get rid of ignorance sown by ISIS and politicians.” Representative Speier commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s efforts following 9/11, “You did not flinch after 9/11. You have hosted Muslims for Life blood drives here for the past few years. Nationally, you collected over 40,000 units of blood, some of that blood being yours and even mine. You are not flinching in the aftermath of San Bernardino. You’ve come forward with this bold claim of True Islam. Your speaking up today is going to do so much to educate Muslims and Americans.”

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pdf President Obama Visited a Sunni Mosque, the Islamic Society of Baltimore, not a mosque belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

In a press release issued on February 3, 2016, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA wrote, “[We] look forward to President Obama’s first mosque visit at the Islamic Society in Baltimore, MD.” Some have sought clarity on whether the Islamic Society in Baltimore is a mosque run by or affiliated with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. We wish to clarify that the Islamic Society in Baltimore is not a mosque belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, nor does it have any affiliation with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

"Though there was no intent to mislead, we apologize for the confusion caused by the February 3 press release." said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, Senior Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA.

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