US lawmakers rally to protect Islamic world’s Ahmadi
US lawmakers announced a caucus to fight for the rights of the Ahmadi minority, which has faced attacks in Pakistan and elsewhere in the Islamic world.
The creation of a caucus yesterday, a group in the US Congress that shares an agenda is primarily symbolic in itself but lays the groundwork for lawmakers to be more active.
Republican Representative Frank Wolf,
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“We have an obligation. America cannot be silent,” Wolf told an event at Congress launching the caucus.
Imam Naseem Mahdi, national vice president and missionary in charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, said that the caucus would advocate not just for Ahmadis but “for the rights of all persecuted religious communities in the world.”
“In time, we hope that foreign governments that persecute our community or otherwise permit militants to attack Ahmadi Muslims with impunity will take notice of the caucus,
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Pakistan declared in 1974 that Ahmadis were non Muslims. The community has faced rising attacks,
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Indonesia’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion,
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Ahmadis differ sharply with most Muslims by believing that their 19th century founder, Ghulam Ahmad, was a messiah after the Prophet Mohammed. The Ahmadiyya community in the United States has stressed its peaceful nature and organizes annual blood donation drives to coincide with the September
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