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American Muslim group prays for peace    

 

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA categorically condemns Saturday's attacks in Copenhagen and prays for the murdered victims' families and for the recovery of those injured.  

Reports indicate that two attacks resulted in two people killed and five people injured.  The first attack occurred at a Copenhagen cafe during a freedom of expression event.  The second attack occurred in the same day at a synagogue.  The Community mourns the loss of innocent life and prays that God may grant strength to the victims’ families and friends.

“Nothing justifies these barbaric and inhumane attacks,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “We live in an age of dialogue and reason. People should not be harmed for practicing freedoms of expression or belief.”

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA continues to pray for peace and for those suffering.

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U.S. Congressman Ted Poe, Co-Chair of Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus, to Address Over 100 Delegates

U.S. Representative Ted Poe (R-TX), new co-chair of Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus, will address over 100 delegates of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, one of the nation’s oldest Muslim communities, as part of its fifth annual "Day on the Hill." The Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus – the first caucus of a Muslim community to be formed in U.S. Congress last year and co-chaired by Rep. Poe and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) for the 114th Session – plans to bring greater visibility and awareness to the increasing religious repression of persecuted Ahmadi Muslims and other persecuted religious minorities worldwide. Delegates will brief hundreds of U.S. lawmakers on the dire consequences of violent extremism and the human rights abuses of Ahmadi Muslims in South and Central Asia, the Middle East and East Asia, including Pakistan and Indonesia.

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns passing of al-Hajj Rashid Ahmad American

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns the passing of its former President, al-Hajj Rashid Ahmad American, who passed away in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 7, 2015, at the age of 91. To God we belong and to God we return.

Rashid Ahmad was born in 1923 in St. Louis, Illinois.  He became an Ahmadi Muslim in 1947.  In 1949, he traveled to Pakistan to study Islam.  During his time in Pakistan, he became fluent in Urdu and Punjabi.  While there, he affectionately received the moniker of “American”, which he adopted to his name.  Mr. Ahmad returned to America to share Islam with his family, friends, and community.  After performing the pilgrimage to Mecca in 1998, he earned the title of al-Hajj, a performer of Hajj.

 

Aside from his involvement with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, he was also a staple in his Milwaukee community.  Mr. Ahmad regularly appeared on the TV program Islam Live on public TV.

 

“Rashid Ahmad American was a role model for thousands of people. His humble nature touched everyone and he will be greatly missed by friends, family, and our Community.” said Wasim Malik, Vice President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, “We have the utmost respect for him and offer our heartfelt prayers for Mr. Ahmad and his grieving family. Members of our Community, young and old, will miss him dearly.”

 

 

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Issues call for patience and tolerance

 

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns with the families of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh. Each was murdered late on February 10 by their neighbor. Early reports indicate the murders may be a targeted anti-Muslim hate crime. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this horrible atrocity, their families, and their friends. From God we are and to God must we return.

“As parents, as Muslims, and as Americans we are devastated at this senseless act of violence,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “These students were dedicated to the service of humanity, were proud Muslims, and proud Americans. We pray for their departed souls and trust that the authorities will bring the culprit to justice.”

At a time of rising Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA implores all Americans regardless of faith to remain united against intolerance and bigotry.

 

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Supports President’s call to remain united against all religious extremism

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA commends President Obama’s powerful remarks against extremism at the annual prayer breakfast. In recognizing that terrorism has no religion the President stated, “And lest we [Christians] get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Furthermore, at a time of rising Islamophobia and anti-Muslim discrimination and violence, President Obama reinforced his commitment to serving America’s religious minorities: “And if, in fact, we defend the legal right of a person to insult another’s religion, we’re equally obligated to use our free speech to condemn such insults — and stand shoulder to shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities who are the targets of such attacks.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has long advocated for religious tolerance, pluralism, and respectful dialogue. “As Muslims and as Americans, we celebrate President Obama’s compassionate support for religious tolerance, pluralism, and respectful dialogue,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “Islam and Prophet Muhammad teach us to work together with all people to promote peace and mutual respect. We remain committed to working together with President Obama and all Americans towards a stronger and more tolerant nation.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA implores the President to continue his efforts to combat anti-Muslim discrimination in America—both in the private sector and among government officials.

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