Saturday, June 10, 2017

USA: Chino Ahmadiyya Community Responds to ACT Demonstrations


“We seek to build bridges and educate our community about true Islam, and even invite those who will be attending the anti-Muslim rallies to visit us and understand our message of peace."

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By Andrea Castillo, AT/TOA staff | June 10, 2017

More than 200 anti-sharia protesters faced off with counter-demonstrators Saturday at the site of the San Bernardino terrorist attack as part of a nationwide “March Against Sharia” event sponsored by the conservative group Act for America.

Protesters chanted “USA!” and waved signs that read, “Islam is not American,” “No Sharia, no polygamy” and “No more terrorist attacks.” Many held American or Gadsden flags and wore pro-Trump merchandise.
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In response to Saturday’s rallies, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community's Los Angeles East chapter, the largest organized Muslim community in San Bernardino County, held an interfaith event in the evening.

“We seek to build bridges and educate our community about true Islam, and even invite those who will be attending the anti-Muslim rallies to visit us and understand our message of peace and tolerance,” Ahsan M. Khan, president of the organizing Ahmadiyya chapter was quoted as saying by The Los Angeles Times.

The event started at 7 p.m. at Baitul Hameed Mosque and drew more than 700 guests and congregants including police officers, civic leaders and political representatives.

Rep. Norma Torres (D-Pomona) was among the speakers at the event.



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