Sunday, May 28, 2006

Info on the Ahmadi Muslim movement

In the May 12, 2006 LA Times article that came out just before the 2006 MSU Anti-Zionism Week (click here for it), there was mention of a Muslim student organization that I had never heard of:

Ijaz Sayed, president of the Ahmadi Muslim Student Assn. at UCI, said, "You'll never find us holding an event like that…. We all have to live on this Earth together and somehow create peace here."

I looked them up on Wikipedia and here's what I found:
Ahmadi (Urdu: احمدیہ Ahmadiyya), are followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. They comprise two subsects, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (sometimes called the 'Qadiani' community, after Qadian, India, though this term is considered offensive by some) and the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement (Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-i-Islam).

Ahmadi Muslims' beliefs are considered heretical and outside of Islam by most mainstream Muslims, though an exception may be made by some in the case of the smaller Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement.

Read here if you'd like to learn more:

Apparently terrorists targeted them in the past:
Attack on mosque leaves eight dead

MONG, Pakistan - Armed assailants opened fire Friday inside a mosque belonging to a small sect that has been ostracized and banned from calling itself Muslim in Pakistan, killing eight people and wounding 19 others, police and a doctor said.

The attack occurred in Mong, a village of 18,000 people 150 miles southeast of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad. About 150 people in Mong belong to the Ahmadiyya sect, which differs with other Muslim groups over the definition of Islam's founder Mohammed as the "final" prophet.

The Ahmadiyya sect was founded in 1889 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, a 19th century Indian religious leader who claimed to be a prophet seeking Islam's renewal.

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