Monday, June 12, 2017

Ireland: Ahmadiyya Imam calls for 'bigger hearts' after being attacked online for holding mosque open day in Galway


Imam Noonan was leading prayer when the Mosque came under attack on last Monday evening, as rocks were thrown through windows.

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By Owen Ryan | June 12, 2017

Ibrahim Noonan was at loggerheads with Twitter users and the exchanges continued on Sunday

An Islamic cleric has urged people to “have a bigger heart” after he was attacked online for holding a mosque open day.

Rocks were thrown through the windows of the Maryam Mosque in Galway last week during a prayer session and in response it hosted an open day on Saturday in an attempt to increase understanding of Islam and its culture.

But just hours afterwards the Mosque’s Imam, Ibrahim Noonan was at loggerheads with Twitter users and the exchanges continued on Sunday.

Sinn Fein TD Mary Lou McDonald visited the Mosque last week and when one Twitter user criticised the meeting, he replied: “Very sad to see your ignorance, try to have a bigger heart and try to understand the true peaceful teachings of Islam.”

He also urged a user to stop writing insults, while he said that people were welcome to visit his Galway mosque and discuss issues with him.

In one tweet he said that he condemned rape and that he had once saved a girl from rape by “Irish lads”.

Imam Noonan was leading prayer when the Mosque came under attack on last Monday evening, as rocks were thrown through windows.

In the aftermath the Mosque received support from the public, with many people visiting it and there was support from local Christian groups.

On its website, the Galway Mosque distances its brand of Islam from religious violence.

“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the leading Islamic organisation to categorically reject terrorism in any form.

“Over a century ago, Ahmad (as) emphatically declared than an aggressive ‘jihad by the sword’ has no place in Islam.

“In its place he taught his followers to wage a bloodless, intellectual ‘jihad by the pen’ to defend Islam.”

A message on the site also states, “Love for all, hatred for none is the motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been leading a peaceful revival of Islam for over a century. From the time it was founded in India in 1889 it has enjoyed an unrivalled record for peace and for its efforts to build cohesive societies.”


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