“Islam provides peace, tolerance, respect and freedom of Faith to all without any discrimination of religion, race or color. The awaited Messiah of all has come.”
-said Imam shamshad of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Glen Ellyn, Chicago.
Report by Iqbal Majeed
On Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, more than sixty high school students from West Chicago High School visited Bait-ul-Jaamay Mosque in Glen Ellyn, Chicago, accompanied by their teacher Mr. David Sayner. The purpose of this study tour was to visit the Mosque and to learn more about true Islam i.e. Islam Ahmadiyyat.
The students arrived at the mosque on their school bus at around 11:30 am. The group was received and welcomed by the Imam Shamshad of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mr. Mashhood Ahmad Mirza and Iqbal Majeed a principle of Masroor Academy. A reception was arranged Inside the mosque, and refreshments were served to All the students and teacher.
The program started with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Mr. Mashhood Mirza followed by English translation.In his welcome address, Mr Mashhood Mirza welcomed and thanked the students and their teacher Mr. David Sayner for visiting the mosque.
Than Imam Shamshad of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Glen Ellyn highlighted the principles of Islamic faith. He also elaborated basic principles of Islamic religion and methods of worship and their significance.
The Imam emphasized that Islam means peace and submission to the will of God, Five pillars of Islam are act of worship also teach freedom of faith and respect for all regardless of faith and group with its sole purpose being self-reformation.
He also said that Islam is a religion of peace for the whole humanity and is the only way to bring peace to families, society and among the nations. On this occasion, the students took keen interest asking many questions, like status of women, Islam’s views on politics and homosexuality, and as to why muslims are fighting each other and difference between Ahmadiyya Muslims and rest of them Muslims and christians. Imam Shamshad answered to their satisfactions and presented the book “Life of Muhammad (saw)” to Mr. David Sayner.
The Imam also gave two brochures, “Islam The Religion of Peace and Tolerance”, and “Messiah Has Come”, to all the students.
In his address, Mr. David Sayner thanked Imam Shamshad and his team for providing an opportunity to visit the mosque and for explaining Islamic faith in great detail.
In the end, the students took a walk around the mosque and saw the prayer area. Imam Shamshad explained how Muslims offer their prayers. Before departure, there was group photograph outside the mosque.
Mr. David Sayner and all the students thanked Imam Shamshad and members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for the visit and extreme hospitality. For most of the students, it was their first visit to a mosque and for Mr. David Sayner it was his second visit to Baet ul Jaamay. He visited the Mosque last year with another group of students.
Contact Imam Shamshad Nasir at
2 S 510 IL Rte 53
Glen Ellyn, IL. 60137
Phone: 630-790-4100 | Fax: 630-793-4100