USA: Imam Shamshad Nasir of Ahmadiyya Muslim community invited to address Jewish community at the event of “Faces of Islam” interfaith series

A separate Messiah will not come for each faith. Only one Messiah will come to unite all people & resolve all disputes and He has come“, said imam Shamshad

Report by Nadeem Raza Chicago


Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County, a synagogue in Lombard, the western suburbs of Chicago. This center serves hundreds of families and have a tradition to welcome everyone- Jews by birth, Jews by choice, non-Jewish family members, singles, LGBT and people of all ages. The center draws strength on the commitment to honor and respect the diversity of their membership.

On evening of 27th October, 2015, Imam Shamshad A. Nasir from Ahmadiyya Muslim community Glen Ellyn (Chicago West) was invited to address the event of “Faces of Islam” as part of interfaith series. Seating for this event was limited and only mature and selected members from Jewish community, mostly from Etz Chaim were invited.

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Rabbi Cosnowsky introduce imam Shamshad and welcomed Ahmadiyya members. She gave a short introduction to the audience and left the mic for the Imam to start.

We believe in one God like Jewish people do, Imam started. What is Islam, who brought Islam, Muslim beliefs, why there are so many misunderstandings and killing going on in the world and in the Muslims, he covered all topics in his presentation.

USA: Imam Shamshad Nasir of Ahmadiyya Muslim community invited to address Jewish community at the event of "Faces of Islam" interfaith series

USA: Imam Shamshad Nasir of Ahmadiyya Muslim community invited to address Jewish community at the event of “Faces of Islam” interfaith series

All Muslim beieves in prophet Abraham (PBUH). Israelites are from the progeny of Isaac, the son of Abraham, and Muslims are from the progeny of Ismaail, the other son of Abraham, so we are cousins, said Imam Shamshad. Cousins don’t kill each other. This ongoing killing is just because of political interests for personal benefits as none of the religion allows blood shedding.

Muslims do believe in Torah and Torah mentions about coming of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Imam continued. He invited one of the Jewish audience to come forward and read that particular verse from the Torah. Imam showed that verse in Torah to Paul (Deuteronomy 18:18-19) where the coming of Mohammad peace be on him is mentioned then the person read on his request.

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Imam mentioned about the five pillars of the Muslim faith. Declaration of faith-the Kalima, the act of worship-five daily prayers, spending in the cause of the God-Charity, fasting in the month of Ramadan and pilgrimage-the Hajj.

He explained that saying prayers multiple times everyday per Muslim beliefs is for spiritual health and to establish strong relationship with God Almighty. Physical health depend on multiple meals every day, so is spiritual health.

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To explain about Ahmadiyyat, Imam referenced the well known Hadith of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which mentions that there will be seventy three sects in Muslims like Judaism have many sects. Imam detailed the topic that all people from different faiths are waiting for a Messiah to come and resolve disputes. It is very unwise to think that there will be a separate Messiah for each faith because this will not resolve any dispute. All people must be collected on one hand, one Messiah so that to settle all problems. People are also waiting for second coming of the Jesus which is indeed a metaphorical coming. As per Ahmadiyya beliefs that promised Messiah has come as Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadiaan. The promised Messiah has come on the right time as prophesized by many noble personalities in the history and all signs of his coming has been met positively. Imam showed picture of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the promised Messiah, to the audience.

There was a Q/A session after the presentation. One of the Jewish member while mentioning violent Muslims in the world appreciated Ahmadiyya community as peaceful Muslims on the face of earth.

People were also interested to know about Alvi Muslims, a well known Shia sect. Imam answered all questions to the best satisfaction.

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Imam Shamshad presented a copy of the Holy Quara’an with English translation to the rabbi Cosnowsky at end of the session.

“Muhammad (PBUH) in the Bible” flyer was given to all the Jewish members in this presentation. People showed keen interest in the presentation and wished to have Imam Shamshad again for more interfaith dialogues.

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