USA: Many political leaders, Governors & U.S. Presidential Candidates to speak at the 68th Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community


Political Leaders Join Muslims To Discuss True Islam

Oldest annual Muslim conference draws public officials to confront extremism

Harrisburg PA, Martin O’Malley, former Governor of Maryland and U.S. Presidential Candidate, is one of many political leaders who will be speaking at the longest running annual Muslim convention in America. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, the nation’s largest and oldest Muslim organization, is hosting its 68th annual Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) from July 29 to 31 in Harrisburg, PA. Speakers include representatives of the White House, the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, country Ambassadors, as well as other political, religious, academic and interfaith leaders from around the nation.

This convention seeks to unite leaders and American Muslims in fighting against extremist ideologies and radicalization for a safer nation and world.  With the official designated theme “True Islam: A Campaign Against Extremism,” speakers will discuss how to combat the growing scourge of  violent extremism and the problem of Islamophobia in the wake of rising violence towards American Muslims.

“Extremism and Islamophobia are very real and concerning issues, not only for the Muslim community but for all Americans,” said Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, Senior Vice President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “If we want to achieve common peace, we must come together as leaders and American citizens to root out intolerant thinking and behaviors.”

Guest speakers include:

  • Martin O’Malley, Former Governor of Maryland and U.S. Presidential Candidate
  • Ambassador Jackie Wolcott, Commissioner, US Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Brian Levin, Professor and Director of Center for Study of Hate and Extremism, California State University San Bernardino
  • Nick Miccarelli, Member, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Zaki Barzinji, Associate Director of Public Engagement, The White House
  • Dr. Milton Boniuk, Founder, Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, Rice University —  receiving the 2016 Ahmadiyya Muslim Humanitarian Award
  • Dr. Craig Considine, Lecturer, Sociology, Rice University
  • His Excellency Bockari Kortu Stevens, Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States
  • His Excellency Tiena Coulibaly, Ambassador of Mali to the United States
  • Sergio Celis, Member of Congress, Republic of Guatemala
  • Carlo Sanchez, Member, Maryland House of Delegates
  • Carol Bianchi, Mayor of Bernards Township, New Jersey
  • George Halcovage, Schuylkill County Commissioner, Pennsylvania
  • Rev. Mark Tonnesen, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Florida
  • Rev. Harold Eugene Thompson, Miami Beach Community Church, Florida

With special messages from:

  • U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • U.S. Senator Jeanne Sheehan (D-NH)
  • U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA)
  • Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania
  • Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts
  • Eric Papenfuse, Mayor of Harrisburg
  • Other federal and state lawmakers

When:  Guest session: July 30th, 2016, 4pm – 6pm

Where:  Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, 2300 N Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA 17110

Media Opportunity: Interviews with above guests and with American Muslim leadership.

More Information:

About Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, reformist and fast-growing international movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Community spans over 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is among the first American-Muslim organizations.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long- awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival and moderation. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings.

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    AL Quran is The True Guidance of God.
    Islam (al Quran, ) teach ; peace, love, compassion, tolerance, forgiveness, justice for all, equality, human right, liberty and freedom of religion, speech, expression, and prosperity. Islam is mercy for all mankind. QS.21:107.

    Those who follow Islamic teaching correctly, Muslim will be a good Muslim, lovely Muslim, tolerant Muslim, rich Muslim, generous Muslim, treat all people equally, fairly, and the will be rewarded by Allah TWO Paradise. One on earth, second Hereafter. this Muslim will be named a the best Creature on earth.

    But THE BOOK OF HADITH is not the word of Allah, but men’s word. Those who follow the book of Hadith blindly will go astray and fall into sinful Syrik. Extremist Muslim use the book of Hadith to justify to kill innocent people like ;
    blasphemer, apostasy, Heresy, gay-lesbian, infidel etc.

    So the book of Hadith create violence, conflict, poverty. but al Quran create peace, happiness and prosperity. Millions innocent people around the world have been suffering, displacing and killed by Muslim’s hands. Nauzubillah, I am so sad,pity, heartbreaking and embarrassing too.

    The pure Islamic teaching have been contaminated with the ancient Arab tradition and with false Hadiths. Therefore, those who follow the book of Hadith will go astray, and create violence, conflict, hostile toward non Muslim, then bring disaster and misery on humanity as we see now around the world, it started from the terrorist attacked and killed 3000 innocent people at NYTower on 11/9-2001 and then spreading to Bali–Jakarta–India–Nigeria–Sudan–Libya–Iraq–Syria–Afghanistan–Pakistan–Yemen–Bahrain–and almost Muslim countries. Millions innocent people have already suffered and killed since then.

    Extremist Muslim kill apostasy–blasphemy–Gay-Lesbian—also the extremist Muslim kidnapped more than 276 Girls from School in Nigeria–Arab kill Arab —Muslims kill Muslim—Even they killed children in the cruel way ( read; Malala Yousafzai, 16 year old, ) Nauzubillah.

    Muslims seriously need a reformation!!
    We Muslims are the ones who need to change. It is a Muslim problem that needs a Muslim solution .

    Our Muslim Brothers of Jews and Christian have changed
    the old laws like;

    If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. Deuteronomy 22:20-21

    Jews and Christian countries do not use this God’s law anymore, but some Extremist Muslim still apply it.

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