Source: New Haven Register
Op-ed By Dr. Suhail Hussain
The news seems to report much about problem leaders of the Muslim world. They include bloodthirsty extremists, fiery Mullahs and unyielding autocrats. Also, throw in the chatter from absolute cynics who can’t believe that a practicing Muslim could possibly live a life of peace. And we are left to ask: Where are the good guys in the group?
Well, this month several U.S. media outlets picked up on the visit from London to Los Angeles of a unique Muslim leader. His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad is the spiritual Caliph, or Khalifa of Islam, and head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
The Khalifa is the fifth successor to the Community’s founder, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, India, who toward the end of the 19th century claimed to be the awaited reformer and Messiah.
Today, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community cites a following in the tens of millions, concentrated in West Africa and the Indian subcontinent, but also in more than 200 nations worldwide. This effectively makes the Khalifa the current head of more members than any other Muslim group, and in real terms, the Khalifa of Islam.
Dr. Sohail Husain, a pediatrician, is a former president of the Connecticut chapter of the USA Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Youth Organization (www.alislam.org). Readers may write him at 43 Surrey Drive, North Haven 06473. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.