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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns beheading and mourns with the victim’s family

 

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA expresses its most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the late Colleen Hufford—who was tragically murdered today by a former co-worker. We also express our sympathies and prayers for Traci Johnson, who suffered through this barbaric attack. We pray that God Almighty give the victim’s families patience, comfort, and strength during this difficult time.

While details of this attack at an Oklahoma food plant continue to emerge, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA condemns this horrific act in the strongest possible manner. “We wholly reject this barbaric and inhumane act,” said Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA National Vice President Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, “and we mourn with the victims.”

 

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Over five thousand from across the US to attend longest running American
Muslim convention

 Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, one of the nation’s oldest American Muslim organizations, celebrates its 66th annual Jalsa Salana Peace Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The event will take place August 15th to August 17th at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The three-day conference will include presentations on the following topics, for which subject matter experts are available for interviews:

1. The Khalifa of Islam as the Solution to World Crises
2. An Urgent Call to Save America
3. Erring and Forgiving in Islam
4. Muhammad’s Examples of Mercy for His Companions
5. Examples of Khalifas of Islam Conquering Hearts through Love
6. Establishing a Living Faith in God
7. Practical Steps Towards Self-Reformation
8. Giving Precedence to One’s Faith Over Worldly Objects
9. Safety in the Fortress of the Messiah

 

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Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar, a U.S. citizen and cardiologist, traveled from Columbus, Ohio to provide free cardiac care to the needy           

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA today mourns the tragic passing of American physician and humanitarian, Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar.  On May 26, 2014, Dr. Qamar, a 50-year old U.S. citizen and married father of three, was on Day 2 of a three-week medical mission in Rabwah, Pakistan, when militant extremists gunned him down in front of his wife and two-year-old son.  Dr. Qamar was murdered because he was a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

In 1974, Pakistan passed a constitutional amendment declaring Ahmadi Muslims to be “non-Muslim.” In 1984, Pakistan passed anti-blasphemy and anti-Ahmadi laws criminalizing religious practices of Ahmadi Muslims, which are punishable by fine, imprisonment or capital punishment. To date, militant extremists have murdered hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan with impunity.

“Today, Dr. Mehdi Ali Qamar, an American physician on a humanitarian mission has fallen victim to an unspeakable act of terrorism,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “Pakistan’s state-facilitated persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has emboldened militant extremists to engage in horrific acts of violence against Ahmadi Muslims and other religious minorities. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community implores Pakistan to abide by international human rights commitments, repeal all hate-filled anti-blasphemy and anti-Ahmadi laws and provide adequate security and police protections for vulnerable religious communities. 

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Ahmadi Muslims mourn death of four Community members, including two female minors and an unborn child

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA condemns in the strongest terms the July 27, 2014 terrorist attack on Ahmadi Muslims in Gujranwala, which is in Pakistan’s Punjab  province. The targeted attack resulted in the deaths of Mrs. Bashiran Bibi (55), and her granddaughters Hira (7) and Kainat (8 months). A pregnant Ahmadi Muslim was injured and later miscarried her unborn child

In this targeted attack extremists set approximately ten homes ablaze. Local police were present but did not act to stop the act of terrorism, nor did they clear a path for the fire department to put out the blaze. The victims died of smoke inhalation and suffocation.  This unprovoked attack is yet another example of how the authorities in Pakistan are aiding the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims, permitting extremists to continue attacks with impunity.

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American Muslims stand in solidarity with Jewish Americans to condemn religious violence and extremism in all its forms           

 

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA condemns in the strongest terms the April 13th attacks on two Jewish centers in Kansas City, which left three dead. Ahmadi Muslims offer their sincere prayers and condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom.

“As Muslims, we have regard for all humanity: Hindus, Christians, Jews, or Muslim - they are all our fellow brothers and sisters in humanity,” said Wasim Malik, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community mourns the loss of our fellow human beings. Our prayers and sympathies are with our Jewish brethren.”

As Muslims who believe in the Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, Ahmadi Muslims loudly condemn all such acts of violence and proclaim that these heinous acts have no place in a civil society or any religion. Thus, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community implores all Americans to continue efforts of tolerance and bridge building to further help prevent future acts of violence.

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