Courtesy Zahir Mannan

As patriotic Muslim Americans who believe in the Messiah Ahmad of Qadian (1835-1908), we congratulate President Obama for keeping it real during his first mosque visit at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, MD. Amidst escalating Islamophobia, violence against Muslims and attacks on mosques, President Obama, along with other Americans, came through by walking the walk.

Just last November, hundreds of our esteemed compatriots including Gov.Dannel Malloy, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, and Mayor Kevin Scarpati of Meriden visited our Baitul Aman “House of Peace” Mosque in Meriden. Together we demonstrated how through solidarity and by supporting peace-loving communities and their rightful freedoms we can build bridges and establish fruitful connections.

Attacks aimed to terrorize Muslim communities all across America just because of their faith ultimately evolved into a ripple-effect of countless cherished opportunities, bringing together neighbors and peoples from diverse traditions, like it did for us locally.

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Yet, this miracle of the unity of love is nothing new as it had alighted between the hearts of the Holy founder of Islam Muhammad, peace be upon him, and his neighbors. As the Holy Quran revealed, “And hold fast, all together, by the rope of Allah and be not divided; and remember the favor of Allah which He bestowed upon you when you were enemies and He united your hearts in love, so that by His grace you became as siblings; and you were on the brink of a pit of fire and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah explain to you His commandments that you may be guided” (3:104).

This heavenly siblinghood was revived again by the blessed Promised Messiah Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, peace be upon him, who championed a bloodless jihad against moral and social injustices over a century ago. Under divine guidance his holiness founded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in 1889 which today is at the forefront of religious freedom and pluralism standing as the largest and fastest growing Islamic community unified under one peace-loving leader.

We continue to expand and have now reached over 207 countries worldwide under the spiritual, not political, leadership of the true Khalifa of Islam Mirza Masroor Ahmad: the Ambassador of peace, justice and service. Both revolutionary figures echo and illustrate the enriching model of Prophet Muhammad and the true empowering teachings of the sacred Quran which includes love and loyalty to one’s country of residence.

So thank you President Obama also for reinforcing how it really is with us: “You’re not Muslim OR American. You’re Muslim AND American.”

That’s why we endorse and advocate the 11 values of based on the Noble Quran, and welcome you to do the same. You will also find the Interfaith Outreach team of America’s largest and oldest Muslim Youth Organization, Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, actualizing Holy Quran exhibitions in educational venues nationwide.

So join the greater Jihad or Crusade for peace, understanding and national security against extremism and distorted versions of religion.

We humbly invite Donald Trump,  Connecticut residents and all fellow Americans who have not yet met a Muslim or stepped into a mosque to do so and partake of the tranquility through unity.

And realize how integral Muslims are to the fabric of American identity, as many already have. Our Baitul Aman “House of Peace” mosque is open to the public and our Ahmadiyya Muslim Americans are willing to meet you every Friday during our day of congregational prayer-service at 1:30 pm, and Holy Quran study group at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 .pm. We’re located at 410 Main Street in Meriden and we look forward to hosting you with inspiring Islamic hospitality, enlightening education, and a lasting friendship.

What are you waiting for?

Zahir Mannan leads a weekly Holy Quran study group at Baitul Aman “House of Peace” Mosque in Meriden, where he also teaches an advanced Holy Quran class for Tahir Academy every Saturday.  Zahir is the Head Teacher and Associate Director at the Early Learning Program, Inc. at Central Connecticut State University. 

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