Thousands expected in pilgrimage to see Khalifa of Islam on U.S. tour

On April 19, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community held a meeting at Rutgers University to explain their TrueIslam Campaign, with 11 points that oppose radical jihadism. Government officials also spoke. iPadvideo, Pam MacKenzie, 041916. Pamela MacKenzie/Staff Video

CENTRAL JERSEY – With three stops on the East Coast beginning Friday, Oct. 19, thousands are expected to make the pilgrimage to see international Muslim leader, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, during his U.S. visit.

Ahmad, the Khalifa of Islam and head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, is expected to make formal addresses at mosque openings while in Philadelphia on Oct. 19, Baltimore on Oct. 20 and Manassas, Virginia on Nov. 3.

With tens of millions of followers in more than 200 nations, Ahmad last visited the U.S. in 2013. In this visit, Ahmed will tour several cities in two countries, inaugurate three mosques and the Nasir Hospital in Guatemala, and deliver multiple keynote addresses, before departing Nov. 5, said Nusrat J. Qadir-Chaudhry, national spokeswoman with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

As the worldwide head and spiritual leader leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Ahmed is expected to extend “the message of true Islam and what is expected Muslim Americans per their faith in Islam,” Qadir-Chaudhry said.

“His message bears relevance in reminding Muslims that they are required to be loyal and productive members of their country of residence adding to the betterment of the community they reside within while still maintaining their Muslim identity,” she said. “His message will include a message of anti-terrorism and the Islamic perspective in the path towards world peace.”


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