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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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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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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA seeks to strengthen interfaith relations

 The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA looks forward to President Obama’s first mosque visit at the Islamic Society in Baltimore, MD. This visit comes at a time of rising Islamophobia and anti-Muslim violence. In an Oval Office address last December the President implored,  “Muslim Americans are our friends, and neighbors; our co-workers, and sports heroes – and our men and women in uniform defending our country.” We welcome the President’s ongoing drive to build a strong relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims in America, as these efforts also strengthen national security.

 “President Obama’s visit during tense times comes as a reassurance to all American Muslims,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, Senior National Vice President of Ahmadiyya MuslimCommunity USA, “that American Muslims are part and parcel of the American fabric. We will continue work together to make America a better and safer nation by inviting all Americans to stand united against extremism, and with the narrative of true Islam.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA will be onsite at the President’s visit and is available for interviews immediately after the meeting.

 

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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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Invites all American Muslims to endorse campaign

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA is thankful to authorities for stopping an alleged terrorist before beginning his plot to murder people at a Milwaukee Masonic temple.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, the nation’s single largest Muslim organization, launched an unprecedented and comprehensive campaign to separate True Islam from extremism. The True Islam and the Extremists campaign educates Americans and Muslim Americans on the peaceful, anti-extremist teachings of Islam by clarifying 11 of the most common misconceptions extremists use to radicalize youth.

With President Obama making a renewed call to root out extremist ideology by partnering with American Muslims, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community responds by further elevating our century-long efforts. To that end, the Community has extended invitations to over 2,100 Muslim American Imams and thought leaders to endorse the Campaign to demonstrate True Islam and advance this proven model to combat extremism.

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