Report by: Kashif Qadri
We have to build our relationship with understanding and respect to each other. – Imam Syed Shamshad Nasir.
Locally, we have built a great friendship with Senior Pastor, David Pattee from the United Church of Christ in St. Charles. Pastor Pattee and members from his congregation came to a Peace Symposium held at the “Bait-ul-Jamaay” Mosque of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Glen Ellyn in the April of 2016.
Respected Imam Shamshad and Pastor Pattee built an instant warm connection upon meeting each other.
And for that the Pastor Pattee invited members from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Glen Ellyn to attend an event at his church 40w451 Fox Mill Blvd, St Charles IL 44240, on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
Imam Shamshad along with Mr. Qaderi and Mr. Mashhood Mirza were the representatives from the Bait-ul Jaamay Mosque in Glen Ellyn to the Church. This was a special event as this was the installation of Mr. Pattee as the Senior Pastor at his esteemed church. He asked Imam Shamshad of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to begin and lead the procession for the event.
Imam Shamshad began by reciting Surah Al-Fatiha in Arabic, and then the first Ruku of Surah Kahf. He then provided the English translation from each chapter. Imam Shamshad then condemned the vicious attack in Orlando in the strongest of terms. He articulated that True Islam stands for only peace and love. He used the Qu’ranic doctrine of “Killing of one innocent human being is as if one has killed all mankind.” He further indicated that he was very thankful and honored that he was invited to the church today and congratulated Senior Pastor Pattee on his noble accomplishment. Imam Shamshad then handed Senior Pastor Pattee a gift which was a book entitled “A Message of Peace.” This was written by the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the beloved Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the 5th successor to Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah A.S.
Some other notable speakers who partook in this event were Tom Palansky, the United Church of Christ President, Dennis Beiermann, the organist and director of music for the church, Kathy Brens a member of CUCC, and Reverend Jorge Morales, a conference minister for the United Church of Christ in Illinois.
Pastor Pattee articulated on why humanity must bind together, regardless of religious/political differences to make the world a better place. Imam Shamshad and the other speakers present echoed these sentiments as well. A somber morning turned into comfort and love with the installation of Senior Pastor Pattee, along with the invocation from Imam Shamshad.
Senior Pastor Pattee sent Imam Shamshad a warm e-mail thanking him for attending the church and speaking, warm regards for the book that was given as a gift, and being a brother in faith of God. He also extended an invitation for a small group from both congregations to meet in the near future.
Contact Imam Syed Shamshad Nasir at:
2 S 510 IL Rte 53
Glen Ellyn,IL. 60137