Thursday, November 04, 2010

American Messianic Muslim group condemns last week's attack on a Christian Church in Baghdad that took 52 lives

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
condemns attack on church in Iraq

Muslims invite all people to understand the
true peaceful teachings and spirit of Islam
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community strongly condemns the attack on a Baghdad church by extremists on Sunday, which resulted in the death of 58 Christian worshipers, including three priests.
“As Muslims who believe in the Messiah, we call on all Muslims to follow the example of our Holy Prophet Muhammad and work to live in harmony with our non-Muslim brothers and sisters,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, vice president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “There is no place in Islam for violence. Islam strongly establishes freedom of belief and worship and urges protection of places of worship of all faiths.”
For more information, please contact spokesperson Waseem Sayed at 909-636-4397 or visit 

About the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, reformist and fast-growing international movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Community spans more than 195 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is the first American-Muslim organization.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited messiah has come in the person of Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival and moderation. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is also the only Islamic organization to endorse a separation of mosque and state. More than a century ago, Ahmad taught his followers to protect the sanctity of both religion and government by staying loyal to one’s homeland. He cautioned against irrational interpretations of Quranic pronouncements and misapplications of Islamic law. He continually voiced his concerns over protecting the rights of God’s creatures. Today, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community continues to be an advocate for universal human rights. It champions the empowerment and education of women. Its members are among the most law-abiding, educated, and engaged Muslims in the world.

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