By Imam Shamshad A. Nasir, New Age Islam
23 August 2017
I have been living in this beautiful and
great country since 1987. I am enjoying complete freedom of faith and
conscious. I am free to practice all my tenets of my faith, Islam, here in the
USA. I am witness that my fellow Americans are great people.
I lived in different cities across the USA
like Washington, DC; Silver Spring, Maryland; Dayton Ohio; Houston Texas; LA
California; and now I am the resident of Chicago, Illinois. My experience living in all these cities and
towns is the same that the people of this great nation are respectful and
helpful in nature.
The problem, I as an Ahmadi Muslim and
other Muslims, is facing that the Press and Media have painted all Muslims with
the same brush that we all are terrorists. Majority of the people of this great
country are getting this negative picture through the media which is making
them fear Muslims and hate Islam.
Islamophobia is a negative attitude towards
Muslims or can be defined as fear of Islam created in the minds of Non-Muslims.
Islamophobia is actually spread by some of the political powers, Press and
Media across the globe and the opponents of Islam.
Yes, as far as some Muslims are concerned,
a very small and tiny section of so called Muslims are creating this notion of
Islamophobia. History is witness that this is not just restricted to Islam as
these kinds of extremists can be found in other Religions as well like
Christianity, Judaism, Sikhs, and Hindus etc…
As far as the Islamic Teachings are
concerned, the reality is that Islam is the Religion of Peace, Tolerance and
forbearance. The very meaning of Islam
is “Peace” and Muslims greet everyone with Peace.
The Founder of Islam, Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him) said that, the true Muslim should never hurt any peace
loving people with his hand or tongue.
So I can convey this message on behalf of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
that there is no need to fear Islam and Muslims.
The founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Community, Hadhrath Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (peace be upon him) was raised
by God Almighty to remove any misconceptions, misunderstandings and fear from the
heart of the people about Islam and to establish the same teachings practiced
by Prophet Mohammad peace be on him.
On June 27, 2012, a historic event took
place at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community, Hadhrath Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Allah be his helper)
addressed leading Congressmen, Senators, Ambassadors, White House and State
Department Staff, NGO Leaders, Religious Leaders, Professors, Policy Advisors,
Bureaucrats, representatives of think-tanks and the Pentagon and Journalists
from the media and conveyed the True Message of Peaceful teachings of Islam to
He even wrote letters to the former
President of USA, Mr. Barack Obama, His Holiness Pope Benedict the XVI, His
Excellency the Prime Minister of Israel, President of the Islamic Republic of
Iran, Prime Minister of Canada, King of the Saudi Arabia, the Premier of the
state council of the people’s republic of China, to the Prime Minister of UK,
to the Chancellor of Germany, to the President of the French Republic, to Her
Majesty, the Queen of UK, to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
and to the President of the Russian Federation his Excellency Mr. Vladimir
Putin, explaining to all of them the True peaceful Teachings of Islam and
requested them to strive their best to prevent the major and minor powers from
erupting into a Third World War.
He also mentioned that “if the Leaders and
prominent Religious Leaders of these Countries don’t discharge their
responsibilities wisely then the effects and aftermath of such a war will not
be limited to only the poor countries of Asia, Europe and the Americas; rather,
our future generations will have to bear the horrific consequences of our
actions as well”.
Social Media and Press also have a great
responsibility of spreading Peace in the Nation. Instead of just broadcasting
the bloodshed and the evil things done by small and tiny group of people, they
should interview the Peace Loving Muslims and broadcast the news covering the
True Teachings of Islam. They should broadcast the Humanitarian works done by
the True Muslims across the globe day in and day out. If we are not mindful of
these issues then Islamophobia will affect all folks of life, younger or older,
men or women economically and religiously everywhere.
If all the Americans, Europeans and others,
sincerely desire to uproot Terrorism across the globe then all those Political Powers must stop immediately funding them and do not provide any kind
of ammunition to them. These are the
only ways to stop Islamophobia here and there.
Imam Shamshad A.Nasir, Missionary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Chicago
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