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For Immediate Release:                                         
March 24, 2014      

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA condemns attack on a Hindu dharamshalla and temple in Pakistan

American Muslims stand in solidarity with Hindu Americans to champion universal freedom of religion and protection of all houses of worship

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA decries the recent arson attacks on a Hindu dharamshalla and temple in Larkana, located in Pakistan's Sindh province.  These attacks are the antithesis of Islam, which champions peace and tolerance for all. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community denounces any attempt to justify such barbaric attacks.     

"As Muslims, we are obligated to protect all places of worship, irrespective of the denomination to which they belong:  Hindus, Christians, Jews or Muslim, they are all worthy of equal respect and protection," said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, "The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community calls on Pakistan's government to apprehend those responsible for these attacks and take stronger measures to rid Pakistan of the scourge of extremism. Our prayers and sympathies are with our Hindu brethren in Pakistan and around the world."                                                                           

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First Bi-Partisan Muslim caucus will focus on the issue of global persecution of Ahmadi Muslims and other religious minorities

 

For the first time in Congressional history, the U.S. House of Representatives has formed a bipartisan caucus to work on the global issue of human and civil rights of Ahmadi Muslims. U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) will co-chair the new “Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus”. Both representatives are strong supporters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and past recipients of the "Ahmadiyya Muslim Humanitarian Award" at the Community’s annual U.S. convention.

“Ahmadiyya Muslims face persecution, human rights, and religious freedom abuses in countries around the world for simply practicing their faith,” said U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier during the official launch ceremony on Friday, February 28,2014, “In the United States, we all have basic freedoms, regardless of religious background, that are enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Religious intolerance is a worldwide threat that we must all diligently speak out against.  I am proud to be co-chair of Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus and will use this position to educate Congress and the public about the religious intolerance the community faces both here and abroad.”

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Themed “Those Who Are Humble in Prayers”

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA will hold its twenty-eighth annual west coast convention, the Jalsa Salana,from December 27-29, 2013 at Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino, California. The Jalsa Salana provides an uplifting spiritual experience for Ahmadi Muslims and the local community through scholarly lectures and interactive discussions. Over 1500 Muslims from across the country and guests from the surrounding community are expected. Speakers and speech topics include:

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Notable attendees include U.S. Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod and Mayor of Redlands, Peter Aguilar


Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has concluded its 28th Annual West Coast Convention, or Jalsa Salana. More than 1000 American Muslims and guests from across the United States gathered for the three-day event, December 27th to December 29th, to participate and listen to various presentations on theology, history, and science. The Jalsa Salana is an entirely volunteer-run event that is open to the general public.

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns passing of Dr. Yusef Lateef

 

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns the passing of al-Hajj Dr. Abdul Yusef Lateef on December 23, 2013. Dr. Lateef died at his home in Shutesbury, Massachusetts surrounded by family and friends after a brief illness. From God we are and to God must we return.

Dr. Lateef accepted Islam in 1948 and was a selfless stalwart of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for the last 65 years. Publically, he is best known for his Grammy Award-winning musical talents and his numerous books on music and spirituality. Dr. Lateef, affectionately known as the “Gentle Giant,” was a devout and practicing Muslim and believed his faith and music were inextricably intertwined. As an example of his religious devotion and exemplary faith, Dr. Lateef performed only in establishments that did not serve alcohol because he came to believe music shouldn't be presented in alcohol-and-smoke cellars.

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