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Muslim group introduces SCV residents to their faith leader

Posted: June 28, 2013 9:18 a.m.
Updated: June 28, 2013 9:18 a.m.
Photo courtesy of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Santa Clarita.  Photo courtesy of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Santa Clarita. 
Photo courtesy of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Santa Clarita. 

Members of a local chapter of a national Muslim community have held an informational seminar to educate Santa Clarita Valley residents on the peaceful nature of the Prophet Muhammad’s teachings.

The seminar, titled, “Muhammad, Messenger of Peace,” sought to illuminate the peaceful roots of the religion of Islam, said keynote speaker Amjad Khan, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s national director of public affairs.

“His heart was full of love for his fellow man and he had a special reverence for those had nothing and for those who have been forgotten or cast off by society,” Khan said of Muhammad, noting the word “Islam” means “peace” in Arabic.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is an international organization based on the teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, a reformer who argued against militant Islam and claimed to be the messiah.

“Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s mission is revival of the teachings of Islam which we believe do not advocate the violence of the jihad of the sword,” said Amer Aziz, a spokesman for the local chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

The event was part of a national campaign that had started in response to the short film “The Innocence of Muslims,” according to Aziz.

The film sparked controversy and some violent protests around the world when it was released last year due to its depictions of Muhammad as a child molester and general negative view of the religion, Aziz said.

“I believe this movie was designed to cause unrest in the Muslim world. Muhammad never advocated such responses,” Aziz said of the protests that followed the film’s release. “His teachings are peaceful in nature.”

About 25 people attended the two-hour seminar, which was held in the Newhall Library June 22.



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