Inland members of the Ahmadiyya denomination of Islam are participating in a nationwide series of events this month to discuss the life of the Prophet Mohammed.
A forum at UC Riverside Wednesday is one of about 70 that are taking place, most in the first half of March, said Mutahir Farhan, an organizer of the UCR discussion and president of the UCR Ahmadiyya Muslim Student Association.
“It’s geared toward confronting misconceptions about the Prophet Mohammed and putting out what the true nature of the prophet is,” he said. “He advocated for peace – and for interreligious peace.”
Farhan attends the Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino, which I’ve visited several times, including in 2010 for Ramadan and in 2009 for a story on the mosque’s reopening after a fire heavily damaged the previous building.
Ahmadi Muslims have faced repression in several countries because of beliefs that some Muslims consider heretical. Some have been murdered or beaten, in some cases by armed mobs. Some Inland Ahmadi Muslims fled their homelands to escape persecution.
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