USA: Ahmadi Muslim Marine seeks to spread knowledge about Islam

“When I landed in Houston, as soon as the religious conference ended, I just went to downtown Houston and I went at it full speed.”

A Muslim Marine is striving to spread the word about Islam in an effort to fight nationwide misconceptions.

Mansoor Shams is traveling around the country offering to answer questions people may have about Islam, seeking to dispel preconceived fears and prejudice, according to NPR news.

“Somehow I need to counter some of these things, and the only way for me to do it is to get out of my comfort zone and go full speed ahead,” Shams said.

After serving in the Marine Corps from 2000-2004, Shams felt impressed to become an advocate for his faith, according to NPR news.

As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Shams said he found a way to personally start making a difference.

“They were running a campaign called “Meet a Muslim,” Shams said. “From that I … thought, why not add my twist to it by adding my U.S. Marine component because … that’s who I am. I’m not only a Muslim, I’m also a U.S. Marine. I thought that was something that would further resonate with people across the country.”

He said he began publicly offering open conversations while on a business trip in Houston in January.

“When I landed in Houston, as soon as the religious conference ended, I just went to downtown Houston and I went at it full speed,” Shams said.

He said he has gone to downtown Houston, Denver, Portland, Seattle and Baltimore, holding a hand-written sign that reads, “I’m Muslim and a U.S. Marine. Ask anything.”

Shams said while traveling through the Seattle airport with his sign he was involved in a conversation with a random stranger about his message. She contacted him later and told him she had made her own sign, “Muslims welcome”.

Shams said he is willing to talk about everything from Sharia law to ISIS with anyone willing to ask, according to NPR news.

“Time is of the essence,” he said. “We are living in a time where there’s a lot of division, there’s a lot of fear, there’s a lot of concerns and … I need to just jump on board and start knocking this out.”

Shams said his upcoming trips include New York, Virginia and New Jersey.

Source : http://byuiscroll.org/muslim-marine-seeks-to-spread-knowledge-about-islam/

Ghana: Ahmadiyya Mission Hails President Akufo Addo As Leader Ghanaians Have Longed For

Maulvi Bin Salih  was confident that Ghana, under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo, would thrive, indicating that “I am not prophesying, I don’t prophesy. I am only talking out of my convictions.”

The Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih, says election of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as President of Ghna, on December 7, 2016, Ghanaians have finally found the leader they have longed for.

According to Maulvi Bin Salih, the determination and resilience exhibited by President Akufo-Addo, resulting in his victory at the 3rd time of asking, coupled with the overwhelming margin of victory secured in the elections, point to the level of confidence Ghanaians have reposed in him as the leader who will bring progress and prosperity to the nation.

Maulvi Bin Salih said this on Thursday, February 16, 2017, when he led a delegation of the National Executive Council of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission to the Presidency to thank President Akufo-Addo for gracing the 85th anniversary celebration of the Mission, on January 12, 2017.

The head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission said Ghana’s major “shortcoming” over the years has been the leadership, explaining that the hardworking, industrious people of Ghana “do not deserve the situation we find ourselves in.”

The result of the December 7 election, Maulvi Bin Salih noted “proved that Ghana is mature and is ready to take back its place in the comity of nations.”

He was confident that Ghana, under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo, would thrive, indicating that “I am not prophesying, I don’t prophesy. I am only talking out of my convictions.”

Touting the selflessness of the President, Maulvi Bin Salih noted that barely 5 days after taking office, “and even though we (Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission) hadn’t come to congratulate you (President Akufo-Addo) on your victory, you did not hesitate to honour our invitation. The President assured me that he will attend the event, stating that ‘I will not disappoint you’, and true to his word, he did not disappoint.”

Maulvi Bin Salih, in concluding, invited President Akufo-Addo to the Annual Worldwide Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, which takes place from July 28-30, 2017, in London, adding that “you will become the very first President ever to attend this event”, should the President decide to honour the invitation.

For his part, the President was grateful for the words of commendation from Maulvi Bin Salih, and applauded the contribution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission towards the development of country, in the fields of education, healthcare and the provision of social services.

President Akufo-Addo noted that in addition to the constitutional provisions which demand religious tolerance and harmony amongst the populace, he told Maulvi Bin Salih he had a deep, personal attachment to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission.

“Your predecessor (the late Maulvi Wahab Adam) was one of my principal counselors, a deeply religious person and a man of integrity. As Attorney General, I had the privilege of recommending him to President Kufuor for appointment as a member of the National Reconciliation Commission, which was set up to heal the wounds of the nation after decades of military rule. He excelled in the work of the Commission and was one of its driving forces,” he added.

The President also paid tribute to the late Alhassan Bin Salih, elder brother of Maulvi Bin Salih, stating that “he was one of the great figures of our party. He was a man of unbending integrity, and made sure that we always did the right thing.”

President Akufo-Addo appealed to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission to “pray for me and for those who work with me, so we are inspired by the Almighty to do a good job for Ghana. Pray to God to give me wisdom, courage and make me a compassionate leader

“I want to be an honest leader, a good leader and one who will be remembered as having contributed significantly to the progress and welfare of Ghana.”

Source http://www.gbcghana.com/

Canadians voice support for Muslims amid ‘hatred’ unleashed at Liberal MP

Ahmadiyya spokesperson says he’s concerned that the uproar over the motion, combined with the Jan. 29 mosque shooting in Quebec City, will tarnish Canada’s international reputation as an open and inclusive society.

OTTAWA – Canada’s Muslim community has received an outpouring of support in the wake of stinging personal attacks against a Liberal MP and her motion to condemn and combat Islamophobia.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada says individual Canadians and elected officials alike have reached out in the 48 hours since the federal Liberals voiced support for the motion put forward by Mississauga MP Iqra Khalid.

Still, spokesman Safwan Choudry says he is troubled by the messages Khalid described receiving through social media about her motion.

Khalid told the House of Commons she has received thousands of sexist comments, Islamophobic remarks and even death threats after introducing the motion, known as M-103, late last year.

Khalid read the transcript of one particularly disturbing YouTube video sent to her office in which the author suggested she should be shot.

Right-wing activists and some Conservative leadership candidates have said they fear the motion could be a precursor to a crackdown on free speech, even though it doesn’t alter the country’s hate speech laws.

Choudry says he’s concerned that the uproar over the motion, combined with the Jan. 29 mosque shooting in Quebec City, will tarnish Canada’s international reputation as an open and inclusive society.