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by Zohaib Zafar

March 23rd marked 129 years since when the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was founded. It has been a tumultuous journey for our community. Hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims have been killed by so called Muslims and many of us have been forced out of our homes into exile. All of this has happened because we accept Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian as the long awaited Messiah that the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad peace be upon him had foretold, which many extremists believe makes Ahmadi Muslims worthy of persecution.

This year on March 23, which fell on a Friday, many Ahmadi Muslims decided to take the day off from school and work. They were out on the streets trying to have dialogue about Islam and the challenges the world currently faces. It is no secret that terrorism in America done in the name of Islam has been steadily decreasing in the past couple of years. We can now completely eliminate what is left of both Islamophobia and extremism within the Muslim American community through more dialogue and acceptance of all Americans regardless of religion or race.

by Nayyar Ahmed

The Middle East countries’ policies towards Israel have been divided and can be described as either understated or mute. I caution the reader not to confuse a call for action with war or conflict – a peaceful dialogue between nations can resolve many, if not all, such issues. However, it still remains to be seen how and when a unified front of Arab leaders will address this issue using an element of justice to resolve this decades old regional conflict. With a fragmented Middle East’s blind pursuit of materialism and a lust for black gold– the finite commodity of oil so precious the world could come to a stop without its production, has instilled greed and a lack of empathy in Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations.

The Muslims of the Middle East, with all its gold and glory, have turned a blind eye to the Palestinian cause and while protestors will take the streets, burn the flags of Israel and USA, shout rants of ‘death to Israel and America’, this is their extent of empathy with no reasonable and rational approach. A few days later, everything goes back to normal and once again, driven by their fallacies, they fall victims to greed for materialism which can only be equated to drawing water from a mirage. The Worldwide Supreme Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, while delivering a historic address at York University said “In short, money talks and morality is left nowhere to be seen. How on earth can peace be achieved in such an environment?”

While it is painful for our Palestinian brothers and sisters to suffer, it is the discord among Muslims and due to a lack of consensus on true Islamic teachings that we are losing our identity and voice as Muslims. The cornerstone of Islamic teachings about governance is the strict adherence to justice and equity. Saudi Arabia sets itself as a poor example of Islamic principles for other Muslim countries to follow with its harsh laws that offer no protection for people to worship freely or show any political affiliation out of free will. This Wahhabi ideology adopted by Saudis in the name of Islam has been the primary cause for home-grown extremists and terrorists and with the creation of internet and social media the ideology has sailed across continents gaining support. Slowly but surely this ideology has evolved into the Frankenstein’s monster we now know as ISIS.

Muslims must understand that governance requires equal rights for every human being, Muslim or otherwise, at the heart of which lies true justice. Only by adopting true Islamic principles and exonerating ourselves from worldly pursuits, we will conquer the hearts of people out of true love which will make us recipients of God’s pleasure. Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Allah Be His Helper) during his lecture at York University concluded that “If we truly want peace in our time then we must act with justice. We must value equality and fairness. As the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) so beautifully stated: we must love for others, what we love for ourselves. We must pursue the rights of others with the same zeal and determination that we pursue our own rights. We should broaden our horizons and look at what is right for the world, rather than what is only right for us. These are the means for peace in our age.”

Israel is a country with a pluralistic government and harbors an astounding 17% Muslim demographic who freely practice their faith, build mosques and even call the Adhaan—the Muslim call to prayer. Although I, for one, stand in support of Israel and its pluralistic laws, I also stand in support of a bipartisan agreement and believe in a two-nation theory. I implore world leaders to make decisions that bring peace and harmony among nations, and removes the bigotry of hate from the hearts and minds of common people.

by Munassar Alam

As one ponders over the state of the world, they come to realize that humanity has made tremendous progress over the last few centuries. Mankind has created megacities, flying machines, calculators the size of just a few atoms, and have set foot on the moon. One could say that humanity will continue to grow exponentially in technology, progressing more and more. However, these excellent technological advances have not come without a price. Looking at today’s society, one also witnesses a moral decline. Promiscuity is accepted and rampant, and true brotherhood or comraderie is seldom found. People have effectively disregarded religion and deemed it as ancient myths. The Qur’an exactly prophesized this 1400 years ago: “When Our signs are recited unto him, he says ‘Fables of the ancients’” (83:14)

The religions of today are not excluded from this either. Religion itself is so perverted that it can be used for the most frightening of purposes. Segregation based on religion was widespread only a few decades ago, and some countries continue to do so even today. Those claiming to be religious barely understand their own religion, and only seldom follow its commandments. Take the case of Islam. Throughout the Middle East, radicalism is spreading like wildfire and claiming the lives of many innocent humans. It is the fanatical religious clerics who are at blame for this. They have claimed to be launching a supposed “Jihad against the infidels” when they barely know what the word Jihad even means. They say “there is no God except God” while they slaughter all those who do not conform to their insane ideology including their own brothers in faith. Such Muslims break a fundamental Islamic teaching:
“And slay not the soul, the slaying of which Allah has forbidden, save for a just cause” (17:34).

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

Still fresh on society’s mind are two world wars, where countless innocent lives were lost. Such devastation which the world never saw before was brought up in this day and age. Such chaos is the sign for the messiah called for by all traditions. The world is in dire need of a man gifted with divine light who can illuminate this world and clean it of its moral depravity. Yet, the messiah should have already appeared, as it seems far too late now. In fact, I claim he did appear in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian. Championing the message of peace and global stability, his mission was to purify religion and cleanse the world of moral vices as well as end all religious wars. After he passed, a pure Caliphate was established to continue his mission and purify mankind. His ardent followers continue preaching his message to the ends of the Earth, accelerating past any obstacle. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is rapidly expanding to encompass the humble souls of this world who seek only the truth. Find out more at alislam.com.

by Hassan Mirza

As a resident of central Ohio, I am saddened by the loss of our fellow Westerville Police officers who were killed in a line of duty recently. I am also saddened of the seventeen victims of the Parkland shooting. In both situations I commend our fellow officers putting themselves in harm’s way to protect civilians in need.

These two incidents only paint a piece of the larger picture. Violence has become more of an issue than ever before. In the past individuals were more responsible with their weaponry, however, specifically in more recent times, people have now become untrustworthy. It is a sad an unfortunate reality of the rapidly change pace of our country.

Normally one would say that firearms are the main source of the issue – in which they do play a small percentage of. However, I do believe that the issue is the increasing number of individuals with mental illness. It is no secret that mental illness is on the rise, progressively worsening with the younger generations. This could be attributed to differing reasons – declining economic prosperity, parental neglect, social media usage, etc.

So how can we solve that problem? Simple solution – implement a system of accessible healthcare for all. Many of these issues could have been avoided if the United States implemented an accessible healthcare policy guaranteeing healthcare for every citizen. We are not prioritizing mental illness in our healthcare system thus making many people run untreated and undiagnosed. Detrimental as this sounds, it only gets worse. Because with all the mentally unfit individuals running around, they are not receiving the care they need to function in society thus making them prone to such violence as a result of being untreated.

The Scandinavian countries have implemented a system of healthcare for all its citizens. As a result, you have decreased crime and increased prosperity providing a greater middle class associated with income and wealth equality. This is the type of balance United States needs to adopt to ensure prosperity.

I love my community and country, but I love it too much to remain the way it is currently. Officer Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli, thank you for your services to the Westerville community. You will be greatly missed. And thank you officers of the Parkland police force for your excellent work on detaining the suspect thus preventing further harm potentially done to the Parkland community.

Let not their sacrifices go in vain, we need a reformation in our healthcare system.