America’s Chosen Muslims

Tikkun Daily: Saadia Faruqi: On May 11 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, approximately 300 people gathered to listen to a speech about standing up to extremism and intolerance in Islam. The topic was certainly not new, just another clarification of the old story: Islam doesn’t condone terrorism. The real reason why an array of California political and civic heavyweights – politicians, academics and community leaders including the California Lieutenant Governor, Los Angeles City Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti, and several members of U.S. Congress – attended the event was to listen to the keynote speaker, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, spiritual and administrative head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

For those not familiar with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the U.S. the star-studded guest list may have come as a surprise. What’s so interesting about yet another Muslim leader talking about a tolerant and peaceful Islam, when imams and laymen alike come out of the woodwork after every terrorist attack to condemn heinous acts and assure the public that Islam or the Prophet Muhammad never allowed such crimes against humanity? Perhaps the fact that this event in particular and this leader in general were publicized by mainstream media, including the Wall Street Journal and the LA Times, is an indication of the quiet influence of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in American politics.

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