By Imam Shamshad Nasir of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Detroit, USA
Thanksgiving is a national celebration here in the USA. Irrespective of its historical background, it has become a federal holiday that provides opportunity to millions to travel for a long weekend to be with their near and dear ones. On such an auspicious occasion, it is indeed heartening that numerous organizations endeavor on a mass scale to provide the underprivileged and homeless with meals, gifts and a sense that they are not forgotten on this great event of the nation. For their efforts, such humanitarian organizations deserve our gratitude and prayers .
At the same time, I must also express that I owe an obligation to offer thanks to God Almighty for having being part of this country. I, as an Ahmadi Muslim (who believes that according to the prophecy of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the Promised Messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad) have complete religious freedom in this nation. I can offer my five daily prayers, go to a mosque, give the ritual call to worship, recite from the Islamic holy book Quran, propagate my faith’s message to others, and importantly call myself a Muslim. I have the right to wear what I want and greet others with the Islamic salutation, Assalamo Alaikum, (‘peace be with you’). Long story short, I am not bound by law in practising any part of my faith at all, I have complete freedom of faith here, contrary to some Muslim countries where this freedom of faith is totally ignored rather people are punished if they practice their faith.
This propels me to thank not just God Almighty, who in his word has commanded believers to: Offer worship to God and be among the grateful (Bal lillah fa bud wa kun minashakireen Holy Quran 39:67 )
but also express gratitude and thanks to the authority of this land that offers me the security and peace to practise my faith.
So this is what I’m going to do on this day of celebration of thanksgiving…
1) will offer my dawn prayer which is called Tahajud prayer and 5 daily prayers in the Mosque.
2) will recite the Holy Quran
3) will help poor & needy persons
4) will pray for the authority of this country as well for all the nation
5) will visit my friends
6) will pray for the sick people
7) will visit graveyard and will pray for those who are buried there
8) will write a letter to my spiritual leader head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Comunity to pray for all of us and specially for the people this country.
I also request you to visit our mosque to observe our prayer, listen to the true Islamic teachings from the Quran and learn about the life and accomplishments of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him).
We will try and answer all your questions – easy or challenging – without any hesitation. Therefore you are welcome to visit us.
You may call me at 909-636-8332 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also come meet me at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Center located at 1730 West Auburn Rd, Rochester Hills, 48309. I look forward seeing you.
God be with you and happy Thanksgivings To you all.
Imam shamshad Nasir Detroit USA.
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