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Germany: Muslim reform movement Ahmadiyya starts info campaign in Ortenau district


"We also hope to enlighten Muslims and give them an idea that their religion dictates to them loyally to their homeland."

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By Klaus Körnich | July 7, 2017

Reform movement Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is launching an information campaign on its religion in the Ortenau district

They see themselves as a reform movement of Islam, are committed to peace, freedom, tolerance and emphasize their loyalty to democracy, the rule of law and the German state. The Islamic community of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat yesterday hosted an information campaign "We are all Germany" started.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat (AMJ) is, according to its own statement, an Islamic reform community of a purely spiritual character, independent of ethnic groups and governments. In Germany it has more than 45,000 members in some 220 municipalities. In the district, the municipality has its seat in Lahr and has 63 members, who come from the entire district, also from Kehl. In Hesse, the municipality was granted the status of a corporation under public law in 2013 as the first Muslim community. They reject violence as non-Muslim. "Love for all, hatred for none" is the core idea of ​​the faith community.

"It is not a contradiction to be a Muslim and a loyal German citizen," Kamal Ahmad, deputy spokesman for the AMJ Baden-Württemberg, said yesterday, starting the "We are all Germany" campaign in Ortenau. Most community members have German citizenship, many of them want to be naturalized. "We also see it as the duty of a Muslim to choose," Ahmad said in a press conference at the Kehler Hotel Rosengarten.

Love of home and loyalty

"In the face of the unspeakable terror in Britain, Germany, and many other places, as Muslims, we are also committed to educating the Muslim youth about the love of their homeland and protecting them from religious fanaticism and influence," he said. The love of homeland and loyalty to the country in which one lives is "part of the Islamic faith".

On this "core element of the Islamic doctrine" the members of the community want to inform the Ortenaukreis from July to September. The broad population is to be addressed: "Through the campaign, we hope that the citizens will be aware of the clear differentiation between Muslims and fanatical extremists and will not tend to be ignorant of hasty blame and prejudice.

This will only contribute to the division of society, which in turn will only put the extremists into the hands, "the AMJ spokesman said. But not only non-Muslims should be addressed with the information campaign: "We also hope to enlighten Muslims and give them an idea that their religion dictates to them loyally to their homeland," Kamal Ahmad said.

From July to September

The campaign runs from July to September. There are flyers distributed in 165 localities. In the large cities and municipalities, also in Kehl, there are info stands. In the city on the Rhine, an infoveration with Imanen and theologians is planned. The dates will be announced. "Through our proximity to the citizen, we want to dismantle fears and prejudices," Ahmad said. The AMJ community organizes voluntary donation campaigns for good causes, blood donations, food for the homeless, cleans the streets after New Year's Eve and is committed to refugee aid.

Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad founded the AMJ in 1889. He sees the church as the Messiah and the innovator of Islam. He was against any form of violence and called for a peaceful dialogue between the religions.
"Islam is in a phase of decadence," Ahmad said yesterday. The spiritual value of religion was lost, some Muslims would be misguided. However, no "reform of the content, but a reform of the Muslims" is necessary. Jihad is misinterpreted by some Muslims. He is not a call to violence. This is a misinterpretation.

Author: Klaus Körnich

Translated in English by Google.


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