Ahmadis Seek Peace – Including with Other Muslims

Worshipers stand outside the entrance of the Bait-ul-Tahir mosque (Photo via Bklyner)

The congregation of the Bait-ul-Tahir mosque, which opened in the 1990s in Bensonhurst, holds interfaith events and blood drives among their efforts to educate others about who they are and be a part of the local community. Often, that campaign to spread awareness of their faith extends to other Muslims.

Out of the hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the city, the Ahmadiyya community – the followers of which are called Ahmadis – make up some 3,000, notes Shabnaj Chowdhury in a story on the community for Bklyner. In the U.S. they found refuge, thousands of miles away from countries like Pakistan where the Sunni Muslim majority do not consider Ahmadis to be Muslims and prevent them from practicing their faith in public. Some Ahmadis still feel this kind of animosity here, like Salima Ahmed, a teacher at the mosque, who shared a student’s story about how “her friend’s father said murdering her would be justified.”

“[Non-Ahmadi] parents are teaching [their kids] that Ahmadis are not Muslim, and if you kill them, you will get rewarded [from God]. A lot of people hate and don’t want to talk to us.”

She has been living in the States for decades, but still remembers the difficulties she faced growing up in Pakistan. Stones were thrown in her front yard and death threats were made to her family. While the situation is not as severe in Brooklyn as it was in her homeland, Ahmed said hate gets carried over and passed down for generations.

Why do some Muslims not consider Ahmadis a part of the religion? And what are some promising signs for the community here, according to the spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community? Find out in the full story at Bklyner.

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