Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Perspective: Muslims offer support after anti-Semitic acts | Shehla Ahmad


No doubt, creating divisions and promoting discrimination are signs of serious concern for the well-being of our society. It is neither a step forward nor in the right direction.

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By Shehla Ahmad | March 28, 2017

It has been sad and shocking to learn about the increasing level of anti-Semitism in our country.

In recent months, there have been reports of vandalism in Jewish cemeteries, threats to Jewish community centers and even to schools belonging to the Jewish community. All of this is totally unacceptable from every perspective.

Spewing hatred or targeting a community based on their religious beliefs is totally un-American and violates the teachings of all religions and basic human rights.

As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I personally read such reports with great concern. I want to express my feelings of support for those affected directly or indirectly by the wave of such incidents and threats, and also to all brothers and sisters from the Jewish community in the United States.

Our community has come forward after such incidents by reaching out to local Jewish community centers to offer support in whatever way they can, such as helping at the site of vandalism. Some members even offered to guard the Jewish places of worship.

No doubt, creating divisions and promoting discrimination are signs of serious concern for the well-being of our society. It is neither a step forward nor in the right direction.

I am confident Americans agree with Dr. Rehmatullah’s words: “We stand ready to serve and protect our Jewish sisters and brothers against these acts of intolerance and hatred and pray for our nation’s safety.”

Shehla Ahmad Stafford


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  1. Ghulam Sarwar · San Jose, California
    The non-Ahmadi Muslims have forgotten many good lessons of Islam. Those lessons are about peace and good behaviour. Islam did not start with the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. All the prophets and Messengers from Allah, i.e. Abraham, Ismael, Jacob,Moses and Jesus were Muslims. So are many people of all faiths:
    2:62} [Surely, the Believers (i.e. Muslims), and the Jews, and the Christians and the Sabians (the persons of any other faith) — whoever party from among these truly believes in Allah (Their God) and the Last Day and DOES GOOD DEEDS — shall have their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve. ]
    Please note that this message includes Muslims at the top. They need to do good deeds, means they need to be very peaceful persons.
    In peace time let every one who is peaceful, follow his faith openly (not secretly) and freely and not be harmed. There is no compulsion in religion. Peaceful propagation of all faiths is to be permitted in Muslim countries too. Islam means peace and a Muslim is the one who is peaceful.
    A belligerent or fanatic believer (of any faith) is a Kafir. See verses 3:86 to 3:90. These verses clearly apply to Punjabi maulvis who increase IN their Kufr (Enmity). They enter into graveyards and plunder the graves.They enter into mosques and remove Kalimah Tayyabah. It also applies to those who plundered the graves in Jewish cemetery, whoever they were. God forbids it. Wassalam.

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