A Remembrance of hope this Ramadan!

by Aamir Nasir QuraishyThe recent hate crimes targeting Muslims has made the month of Ramadan exceptionally difficult. This past month witnessed nationwide anti-shariah protests by a Muslim hate group known as ACT for America[1]. There has also been a surge in attacks against Muslims including an attack on a Mosque in North London [2] and the kidnapping-murder of Nabra Hassanen, a 17 year old Muslim girl.[3]Amidst the hate, this has also been a time of unity and coming together. On June … [Read more...]

What “Jihad” Actually Means in 21 Tweets

One of the most misunderstood, hotly debated and fear/anger-inducing words in our public vernacular is "jihad," which means many different things to different people, not all of which are true. The word jihad has been commandeered by ISIS and other extremist groups, whipped into a frenzy by various elements in the media and paraded around by many different groups to represent the most fiery version of Muslims - those who "declare a holy war on the rest of the world."Prominent Arab-Muslim … [Read more...]

Manchester Attack and Biases

by Ijaz AhmadYesterday, I attended a seminar by Professor Mahzarin Banaji of Harvard University on the topic of unconscious bias. It was an incredibly mind-opening seminar that brought many biases I hold to the surface. But it also enabled me, in a way, to see the biases that other people hold, specifically towards the Muslim community.Last week, 22 people lost their lives to another senseless act of bloodshed in Manchester, UK. As Ahmadi Muslims, we extend our condolences to the British … [Read more...]

Leadership and Islam

by Kwabena Osman  There is no doubt that in every institution be it religious or secular, leadership plays a vital role in its progress. That is why every town, city or nation has to have people who lead. Even in the animal kingdom, there is a well observed role of leadership. When camels move in the desert, it is observed that a dominant male leads and the rest follow in whichever direction it goes.The leader of any organization plays an important role in shaping the behavior or culture of … [Read more...]

The United States and Middle-Eastern Arms Trade — A Closer Look

By Richard Reno We’ve all seen the tragic images of children killed or injured in the Syrian civil war. An estimated 55,000 children have been killed in the fighting. This is among the hundreds of thousands total casualties of civilian deaths. Less known are the thousands that have died in the conflicts taking place in Yemen, Iraq, and Libya. The war in Yemen between the Sunni led government and the Iranian backed Houthi rebels has already killed more than 10,000 and displaced more than 3 mi … [Read more...]

The Koran is a primer for peace

Originally Published in The Financial TimesFrom Dr Sohail Husain, Pittsburgh, PA, USSir, David J Critchley (Letters, March 31) suggests that the Koran is an inherently violent document. He takes exception to the reference from the Koran I had cited (Letters, March 28) that killing one innocent person is akin to killing all of humanity. He argues that a problematic caveat is that the Koran condones capital punishment under certain circumstances.I believe that such objections arise … [Read more...]

Book Review: Paul and the Pharisee Conspiracy Against Jesus

by Labeeb Ahmad  An Enlightening Explanation of Paul's Deliberate Corruptions of Jesus' Teachings & it's Consequences for Humanity This book caught my eye because of the numerous unresolved questions I had regarding the roots of Christianity. Based on my religious studies, it always seemed that the majority of the gospel of Christ - the teachings spoken by Jesus and promulgated by the apostles he commissioned during his life - and Christianity's most fundamental doctrines had a major … [Read more...]

A Muslim Imam’s Response to the London Attack

by Imam Azam AkramAs a Muslim Imam (Religious Minister), I find myself in a bind each time an atrocious act against Humanity is committed. Whether it is an act of terror or an act of injustice. That is because my eight years of formal training in the Qur’an, Sunnah, Hadith, and authentic teachings of Islam have no basis for these atrocities. In an act of terrorism, an individual attacked Parliament killing 4 and injuring 40 others. I cannot but take this as a moment of reflection.There’s … [Read more...]

Ahmadi Muslims bring CT together for “True Islam Requires Patriotism” Symposium at New Haven City Hall

& Patriotism Tuesday, April 4th Keynote Session 6:00 - 7:30 PM at New Haven City Hall, Second Floor, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, 165 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510Ahmadi Muslims bring CT together for "True Islam Requires Patriotism" Symposium at New Haven City Hall In the rude awakening of the Westminster attack, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community CT is bringing their nationwide True Islam educational campaign countering extremism to New Haven City Hall on Tuesday, April 4th. The … [Read more...]

Response to the London Attack

by Adil Khan  I was in London four days before the attack in front of Parliament on the 22nd in which 3 people were killed and 40 others injured. I was visiting both for a medical school interview, and—more importantly for me—a personal meeting with my Beloved Spiritual Leader, His Holiness the Khalifa of Islam, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. He is a well-recognized champion of world peace, and is uncannily—given the timing of yesterday’s tragic event—scheduled to headline the Ahmadiyya Muslim Comm … [Read more...]