“Ahmadiyya Muslim community is a progressive, peaceful and inclusive community which believes in the freedom of religion as per the teachings of Holy Quran“, said Imam Shamshad A. Nasir of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Rochester Hills.
Report by Muhammad Ahmad Detroit
Detroit Regional Interfaith Voice for Equity Leadership Retreat was held on Jan 21, 2018, at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Detroit, MI. Five members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Rochester Hills, MI participated in the retreat.
The event started at 3 PM.
Pastor Rev. Louis Forsythe, of the host church and Chairman of the DRIVE, welcomed the interfaith leaders and thanked them for their time and coming in to join the retreat.
He then invited Imam Shamshad Nasir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to begin the meeting with prayers. Imam Shamshad, after a brief introduction of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said that:
We believe that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is the long awaited Messiah of the age has come and we HIS Community believe strongly in spreading the message of peace with action and teachings.
The Imam also explained that Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) said that:
A true believer is one from whose tongue and hands all others are safe.
Imam Nasir then recited first Chapter and some other prayers from the Holy Quran and also the prayers of Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) in regards to peace, guidance and help from God, the Almighty and presented the translation of the recited verses and prayers. He added:
Let’s all pray for the much-needed peace in this country and around the world as these days there are so many parts of the world facing challenges.
The chairman and other Faith leaders in the meeting expressed that they are excited and looking forward to have 15th March meeting of the Interfaith in Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque in Rochester Hills.
More than 88 Interfaith leaders and representative attended the retreat.
The Imam presented 2 copies of the book “Life of Muhammad”, 2 copies of the book “Philosophy of the teachings of Islam”, one selected sayings of the prophet Muhammed peace be on him and some pamphlets to leaders.
The chairman DRIVE, Pastor Aramis Hinds, Breakers Covenant welcomed all the participants and provided a high-level overview on the group DRIVE (DRIVE is an interfaith, non-partisan regional collection of congregations in the Detroit Metropolitan Area (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb Counties). We believe that faith communities have a role in shaping a healthy, just, and equitable region for all the people who live here.
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