Who is willing to stand up for Peace in this world?
Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, we are all called to stand up for peace in this world as we follow the leaders and teachings of our faiths. When we see an injustice, even across the world, who are we to bury our heads and leave it to another to do something. We have each been given amazing power. It is up to us to use our God-Given gifts to create a world that works for all.
When Iman Shamshad called me this week about yet another attack on Ahmadiyya Muslims, I sent out the following notice. One Muslim friend, NoorMalika, heard the call in her heart and made calls of her own, one of them directly to Imam Shamshad. She also reached out to other interfaith and Muslim organizations. Shamshad told her she was the first and only traditional Muslim to reach out to him.
It is easy to think someone else will do the right thing. It is easy to not want to get involved. It is easy to dismiss our power. We are in a time period in which each of us must claim our power and do as the wisdom of our heart guides us. We saw it today in Egypt as people overcame 30 years of authoritarian rule peacefully, by acting wisely. Let it not stop there. Let each of us do our part to stand up for peace and justice in the world.
Three Ahmadi Muslims brutally murdered in Sunni mob attack in Indonesia
Spiritual Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community counsels Ahmadi Muslims to respond with patience and prayer
Three Ahmadi Muslims were killed in Indonesia this past Sunday, Feb. 6th, in a barbaric, unprovoked attack by Sunni Muslims. Brandishing machetes, spears, knives and other weapons, a mob of more than 1,000 people stormed the local center of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Cikeusik, Indonesia. In addition to three deaths, five Ahmadi Muslims were seriously injured. One house, two cars and one motorcycle belonging to Ahmadi Muslims were set on fire.
Local police at the scene failed to prevent the mob violence, despite being forewarned several days before that an attack on the local Ahmadi Muslims was imminent. Thus far, no one has been arrested for the killings.
The worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, counseled the members to respond with prayer in the following statement:
“This horrific attack has caused grief and pain to all Ahmadi Muslims worldwide and indeed to all peace-loving people. The barbarity of the perpetrators knows no bounds; indeed people watching the merciless beatings were clapping and cheering. The local police and authorities failed to protect the Ahmadi Muslims and allowed them to be exposed to this cruel and brutal attack.
”Whenever such attacks occur, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (both in Indonesia and worldwide) always displays patience and seeks solace -- not in revenge or violence, but through prayers to God Almighty -- and this will always remain the case. It is, however, certain that those who have inflicted these cruelties will be answerable to God Almighty and will have to face His punishment. In the meantime the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will continue to bow down in front of the One God and seek His Protection and Help.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has called on the Indonesian government to fulfill its constitutional promise to protect all of its citizens, regardless of religion. But this has become increasingly harder to do, largely because in 2008, the president of Indonesia sought to appease radical Islamic clerics and their voting congregations by enacting a law prohibiting the Ahmadiyya sect from publicly practicing or preaching its version of Islam.
The result of this has been a steadily rising tide of unrestrained and unpunished vitriol and persecution directed against Ahmadi Muslims and also Christians -- two groups that suffer frequent violence at the hands of Islamic militants eager to expunge any and all beliefs it deems un-Islamic.
Commenting on the tragedy from the Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s S.W. regional missionary Imam Shamshad A. Nasir said: “We are feeling tremendous pain and sadness at the murder of our brother Ahmadis in Indonesia. When anyone is killed, especially in such a cruel and inhuman manner by an angry mob, it is a horrific tragedy.”
On the question of how he felt about the attackers being members of the same religion as him, the Imam answered, “How can these people call themselves Muslims, killing innocent, defenseless human beings? What kind of Muslims are these who can do such evil and then tell others to accept Islam because the Prophet Muhammad was sent as a mercy to all mankind?
“How are these unholy, violent Muslims showing themselves to be a mercy to their fellow human beings by cruelly beating them to death? And they expect non-Muslims to want to be Muslims after seeing things like this? Such evil can only drive people away from Islam – what they think is Islam. But this is not Islam, what these so-called Muslims are doing. It’s disgraceful!”
Muslims, Imam Shamshad explained, are required to follow the example of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, to seek peace and be peaceful. The word “Muslim” even means to submit to God and be at peace. That’s why the Imam says that Ahmadi Muslims are always peaceful and will always be peaceful. This is why people who want peaceful Islam are drawn to Ahmadiyya Islam. It is nothing like what the extremists say is their Islam.
To learn more about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, you can call Imam Shamshad at the Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino at 909-627-2252. The main website is www.alislam.org and their toll-free number is 1-800-WHY-ISLAM.
Thanks and my sincere regards,
Baitul Hamid Mosque
11941 Ramona Ave.
Chino, CA 91710
Cell Phone: 909-636-8332
Fri, February 11, 2011
by Jan Chase