USA: Ahmadiyya Imam to speak at Calvary Episcopal's 'Common Ground' series

USA: Ahmadiyya Imam to speak at Calvary Episcopal’s ‘Common Ground’ series

Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., will host the second in its “Common Ground” lecture series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The speaker will be Imam Hamid Nasir Malik, northeast regional missionary for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He serves as the missionary and imam for the local region, encompassing chapters from Buffalo and Rochester to Boston and Connecticut.

According to a press release from church officials, Imam Hamid will speak on the common ground shared by Islam and Christianity, the teachings on peace offered by Islam, and the ways that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community seeks to overcome the challenges of a divided culture.

The press release said the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is established in more than 200 countries, and the American Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was founded in 1921, the first formal American-Muslim organization and the largest united behind a single worldwide leader, the Khalifa of Islam.

The release further stated that its journal, “The Muslim Sunrise,” is among the earliest and longest-running American-Muslim periodicals. The community’s distinction from other Muslims is that they believe that the long-awaited messiah and reformer predicted to come for the revival of Islam and correction of Muslims has already come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed of Qadian.

Their purpose is to convey the belief in the one peace-loving God and to revive the faith of Islam in the light of the conduct of Prophet Mohammad, who extended peace and security to all, including Muslims and non-Muslims, the release said.

Imam Hamid Nasir Malik is a graduate of the Ahmadiyya Institute of Islamic Studies and Theology, an Islamic seminary and educational institute solely dedicated to the peaceful cause of Islam in North America. According to the press release, he is an advocate for inter-religious dialogue as a means of promoting peace. The release also stated that the motto by which Imam Hamid and the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community live is: “Love for all; hatred for none.”

Church officials said the goal of Calvary’s Common Ground lecture series is to explore the “common ground” of values shared beyond different religions’ political, social, and religious differences.

“We want to step outside the political sphere to restore our sense of purpose as a community,” said the Rev. Judith Lee, interim rector at Calvary.

The evening will begin with informal conversation with desserts at 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations and discussion at 7 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m.

The final lecture in the series, to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2, is “Common Ground: A Refugee’s Experience,” with two speakers sharing the common ground of the local multicultural refugee community.

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