Local Muslim community sends message of peace, understanding

The Columbus Dispatch: Under a banner reading “Love for All, Hatred for None” and with fliers calling the Muslim prophet Muhammad a messenger of peace, a local Muslim community is working to counter images of their faith as hateful and violent.

The effort by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Groveport is part of a national campaign in response to anti-Islam sentiment, such as Quran burnings and cartoons and videos that mock the prophet.

The initiative, by the community’s U.S. office, also seeks to show that many Muslims reject violence and respond to such offenses by working to increase education, said Dr. Abdus Salam Malik, president of the central Ohio group, which worships at the Bait-un-Nasir mosque.

“Ignorance breeds enmity. If we reverse that, I think all human beings can exist in peace,” he said. “It’s not the easy route and it’s a difficult route, but it’s the lasting route.”

At a seminar on Wednesday, the Groveport community hosted about 50 people of various faiths for discussion, prayer and videos about the humanitarian works of Ahmadiyya Muslims, an Islamic sect that believes in a messiah, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

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