disaster erupts and devastates a community, members of one lesser-known Islamic sect often are among those who are quick to show up.
This week, after the Las Vegas shooting, dozens of Ahmadiyya Muslims came together to help organize
The response was nothing new for Chicago-based imam, Azam Akram, Rizwan Ahmad of Milwaukee, and other members of the group, founded 128 years ago by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad who claimed to be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Followers
consider it part of their duty to appear wherever social strife and tragedy strike s, be it riots in response to alleged police misconduct in Ferguson, Missouri, or the San Bernardino and Orlando terror attacks.
Akram said he and Ahmad arrived in
Las Vegas Monday afternoon — hours after the shooting that left 58 victims dead — and organized about 70 members of the local Ahmadiyya community to participate in blood drives and several vigils held in different parts of the city.
“When we have the opportunity to come out, show support and help, we should do that,” he said. “We are Americans too. We are as hurt and as heartbroken as everyone else.”
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