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Interlitq publishes “My journey as a Muslim in Argentina” by Imam Marwan Gill

Imam Marwan Gill

Interlitq publishes “My journey as a Muslim in Argentina” by Imam Marwan Gill, Interlitq‘s Islamic Affairs Editor.

 

My journey as a Muslim in Argentina

 Recently appointed as an Imam (Islamic theologian) of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Community in Argentina, I find that when I introduce myself, people often ask me: “What is the purpose of your mission here? Are you really propagating the message of Islam in Argentina without a political or economic agenda?”

The answer to such a question is closely linked to a memorable conversation I had with an Argentine.

When I attended a meeting, and introduced myself as an Islamic theologian, I was confronted with “you don’t belong to one of those terrorist groups do you?”. I was taken aback by such a reaction, but when I tried to see it from another perspective, I could begin to understand, at least to a certain extent, the reason for such apprehension. Just recently a terrorist attack was launched on a mosque in Egypt, during which more than 300 innocent people were killed. Regrettably, the despicable acts of certain so-called Islamic groups have not only created mayhem in Muslim countries but have also triggered a wave of distrust in Western countries. Indeed, many of the inhabitants of these countries believe that Islam constitutes a threat to their values, a case in point being President Trump’s retweeting of anti-Muslim video clips.

How I wish that President Trump would, in the process, have made it clear that the heinous acts of terrorists run counter to the cherished principles of Islam. I also wish that President Trump had retweeted all the work that is being undertaken by Muslims in the Ahmadiyya Community to build bridges so as to promote mutual understanding all over the world, rejecting violence outright in the process.

We Muslims of the Ahmadiyya Community believe Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) to be the Promised Messiah, and whose advent was prophesied by the founder of Islam – the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Furthermore, we Muslims of the Ahmadiyya Community do not seek to appropriate political power or territory but only to win the hearts of people, by preaching and practising true Islam. And to this end, we have established missions in various parts of the world to create a space for love, harmony and justice, as we Muslims are commanded to do in the Holy Quran:

Verily, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred…” (Chapter 16, Verse 91).

And so, the Quran does not only call upon Muslims to be fair and just, but rather it has established a far higher standard for treating others. Where Allah the Almighty says, “giving like kindred”, He requires believers to put others before themselves and to always desire the very best for them, as if they were close family members. This is a process that calls for no wish for any reward, just as a mother selflessly loves her child. It is important to note that the Quran does not state that a Muslim should treat only fellow Muslims in this way, but to love ‘others’ and this includes Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Consequently, the definition of a Muslim, according to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), is that a true Muslim desires for his fellow human beings (Muslims and non-Muslims) the same as he desires for himself.

Thus, the Muslims of the Ahmadiyya Community, who are united worldwide under the spiritual guidance of His Holiness and Caliph, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, are striving for two central objectives:

Firstly, to have mankind recognise God Almighty, to worship Him and to acknowledge the rights He has over us. Secondly, for human beings to respect and honour one another and to show respect for the rights they owe to each other.

Explaining the efforts of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in its mission to create peace and justice in society, His Holiness and Caliph, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said during a Press Conference in Canada:

We have no worldly power and so all we can do is to continue to peacefully preach Islam’s true teachings. It is a slow process but one day we shall win the hearts of people and the brutalities witnessed in the world today will stop. We are very determined and so we will never give up our tasks.”

It is with such a determination that I begin my journey as a Muslim in Argentina, aiming to rise to the challenges highlighted above by His Holiness. I hope that in the future, when I introduce myself here as an Islamic theologian, I will be met with: “so that means you are an ambassador of peace and love”.

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Imam Marwan Gill’s “My journey as a Muslim in Argentina” to be published in Interlitq blog

Imam Marwan Gill, Interlitq’s Islamic Affairs Editor, and Peter Robertson, Interlitq’s President, in Buenos Aires, December 8, 2017

December 2017: Interlitq blog to publish “My journey as a Muslim in Argentina” by Imam Marwan Gill.

Imam Marwan Gill appointed Interlitq’s Islamic Affairs Editor.

Imam Marwan Gill urges “love for all, hatred for none”

Marwan Gill

In a video interview, Imam Marwan Gill,  Interlitq‘s Islamic Affairs Editor, urges “love for all, hatred for none”.

 

 

‘Facebook blasphemer’ given death penalty

A man accused of posting blasphemous content to Facebook has been sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan.

Taimoor Raza was convicted after allegedly posting remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, his wives and companions within the site’s comments.

The public prosecutor involved said he believed it was the first time the death penalty had been awarded in a case related to social media.

Human rights campaigners have expressed concern.

Facebook itself has yet to comment on the case.

The US firm previously announced in March that it was deploying a team to Pakistan to address the government’s concerns about blasphemous content on its service, but added that it still wished to protect “the privacy and rights” of its members.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has described blasphemy as being an “unpardonable offence”.

Aamer Hussein, London-based Pakistani author, 62 today

Aamer Hussein

Aamer Husseinthe London-based Pakistani author who is a Consulting Editor for Interlitq, and who contributed to Issue 2 of InterlitqIssue 8 of Interlitq, Issue 21 of Interlitq, and Interlitq‘s English Writers 3, is 62 today.