American Muslims stand in solidarity with Hindu Americans to champion universal freedom of religion and protection of all houses of worship
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA decries the recent arson attacks on a Hindu dharamshalla and temple in Larkana, located in Pakistan's Sindh province These attacks are the antithesis of Islam, which champions peace and tolerance for all. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community denounces any attempt to justify such barbaric attacks.
"As Muslims, we are obligated to protect all places of worship, irrespective of the denomination to which they belong: Hindus, Christians, Jews or Muslim, they are all worthy of equal respect and protection," said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, National Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, "The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community calls on Pakistan's government to apprehend those responsible for these attacks and take stronger measures to rid Pakistan of the scourge of extremism. Our prayers and sympathies are with our Hindu brethren in Pakistan and around the world."
About Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, reformist and fast-growing international movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Community spans more than 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is among the first American-Muslim organizations.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long- awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival and moderation. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings.