ROCHESTER HILLS — The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association renewed its pledge of allegiance, support and service to the city during a third annual event July 18.
Members of the group have donated food to the Rochester Area Neighborhood House, volunteered for the Older Persons’ Commission and organized water bottle drives aiding the Flint water crisis, among other efforts. The association is committed to keeping its pledge and doing more for the community, according to organizers.
In addition, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center is offering a weekly Meet a Muslim coffee hour each Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the center, located at 1730 Auburn Road.
“Our motto is: ‘Love for all, hatred for none,’” said Adeel Ahmed, Metro Detroit Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association president, in a statement. “We will never cease to sacrifice our wealth, time and honor for the sake of our faith, country and nation.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association is a nationwide youth group that works with young Muslim men and boys around the country. Established in 1939, AMYA is one of the oldest Muslim youth organizations in the country.
The association, headquartered in Maryland, is comprised of more than 3,000 men and boys, ages 7-40, in 70 local chapters. The association aims to serve not only the needs of its members, but also of local communities and the nation — and has a long-standing reputation of engaging political and community leaders to better assist their local communities.
Hamza Ahmed, secretary of education for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association Metro Detroit Chapter, urged all to attend a Meet a Muslim coffee hour while appearing at the July 18 Rochester Hills City Council meeting. “I assure you, there are less differences between us than you may think,” Ahmed said.
“I’ve known various members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association and the Muslim community place of worship, and it’s been a very good relationship and I’ve enjoyed their friendship,” City Council President Mark Tisdel said. “I think it is worth noting that one of the tenets of the Ahmadiyya community is to be loyal to the community in which they live. They’ve certainly demonstrated that. They want you to appreciate their religion by means of example. We do appreciate your service to the city.”
“You are an asset in our community,” City Councilwoman Stephanie Morita said.