USA: Jews and Muslims need to build bridges, rather than burn them for we share a common origin

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community locally in Southern California always seeks to build bridges with our Jewish friends

Source: http://www.pe.com/2017/08/02/letters-more-that-unites-jews-and-muslims-than-divides-us/ By  | letters@pe.com | Press-Enterprise


Re: “Riverside imam accused of anti-Semitic sermon that called Jews ‘tyrants’” [News, Aug. 1]:

As an Ahmadi Muslim, I was dismayed to learn of the anti-Semitic remarks made by a local Imam at a Riverside mosque.

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Such divisive language is toxic to our social climate today and we need to build bridges, rather than burn them, to make our nation better for our children.

Jews and Muslims share a common origin and our differences pale in comparison to what makes us similar. And Islam promotes interfaith peace. It says so in the Quran.

There are verses which critics of Islam say are anti-Jewish, but this is simply not true because they are not taken in proper context. Where the rights of Muslims were threatened or usurped by Jews, those unjust behaviors are condemned. But the Quran also contains verses which promise paradise for Jews. The Prophet Moses is mentioned more than any other prophet in the Quran. Jews sought counsel in the Holy Prophet Muhammad and history shows that Jews flourished under Muslim rule and were protected.

The Quran even commands Muslims to protect synagogues from those who seek to destroy them, because they are places where God is worshiped. Once, when a Jewish funeral procession passed by, the Prophet Muhammad stood up out of respect.

As a reflection of these teachings, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community locally in Southern California always seeks to build bridges with our Jewish friends. They have graciously accepted our invitation numerous times to speak at Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino, and recently broke bread with us during the holy month of Ramadhan at an interfaith iftar dinner. I was welcomed like a brother at an interfaith service at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach recently. Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Philadelphia repaired damaged headstones at a desecrated Jewish cemetery.

As a Muslim physician, I … read more at source.

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  1. BELIEVE IN ME THAT THERE IS NO PEACE AS LONG AS MUSLIM STILL REJECT ALLAH’S COMMANDMENT AS BELOW;
    ALLAH ALMIGHTY HAS ORDERED PROPHET MUHAMMAD TO MOVE TO MECCA (MESJIDIL AL HARAM) FROM AL MESJIDIL AQSA.
    “What has turned them (Muslims) from their Qiblah [prayer direction (towards ,Mesjidil Aqsa,Jerusalem)] to which they were used to face in prayer.” Say, (O Muhammad SAW) ” Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid- Al-Harâm (at Makkah). And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction. Certainly, the people who were given the Scriptures (i.e. Jews and the Christians) know well that, that (your turning towards the direction of the Ka’bah at Makkah in prayers) is the truth from their Lord.
    That this is verily the word of an honoured Messenger [i.e. Jibril (Gabriel) or Muhammad SAW which he has brought from Allâh]. Q.69:(40) . o they not then consider the Qur’ân carefully? Had it been from other than Allâh, they would surely have found therein many contradictions. Q.4:(82) Then in what statement after this (the Qur’ân) will they believe? Q.77:(50)
    And the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) will say: “O my Lord! Verily, my people deserted this Qur’ân (neither listened to it, nor acted on its laws and teachings).Q.25: 30. Those who reject Allah’s commandment will be punished severely.
    Read More; http://ilovemodrenislam.blogspot.com/2017/08/mesjidil-aqsa-is-root-of-conflict.html

    Was Salam

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