Harrisburg Muslim convention will promote non-violent solutions to world troubles

The proceeding of 2014 Jalsa can be seen live: www.live.alislam.org

The proceeding of 2014 Jalsa can be seen live: http://www.live.alislam.org

Source: Pennlive.com

By David Wenner | dwenner@pennlive.com 
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August 08, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Muslims who are firing rockets in the name of Islam are violating the principles of their faith.

That will be a central theme of an annual American-Muslim convention that will take place Aug. 15-17 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. The convention by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, in its 66th year, is expected to draw about 5,000 people from across the country.

It takes place amid escalating crises in areas including Iraq, where the United States carried out an air strike on Friday, Syria and Gaza.

Harris Zafar, a spokesman for the organization, said the Islamic faith is founded on the use of dialog, education and community to peacefully solve problems and achieve justice.

He said the faith, according to the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, opposes the use of violence to spread Islam, as is being done by some Muslims in areas including Iraq.

He further said there is no justification for violence that injures bystanders, even if they are governed by unjust leaders.

The convention will feature a slate of sessions to discuss such topics and to advance peaceful solutions.

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1 reply

  1. Dear Friends,

    I look so forward to attending the 66th Jalsa Salana as a guest again this year. I feel so blessed to be a friend of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. I want to commend the AMC for focusing on nonviolent solutions to world troubles – this is so needed in a world that is often enmeshed in cycles of violence, or sees violence as the only option.

    I am a student of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, and have written nonviolent proposals and commentary. I also try to walk the path of peace daily.

    Thank you for sponsoring this important convention on nonviolence. Gandhi once said that the world would come to know nonviolence through African Americans. Perhaps the world will once again come to know nonviolence in these times of turmoil and see the best in humanity through the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

    In Gratitude and Peace,
    Nick

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