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Muslim Group Takes Message of Peace to Times Square

Saturday, December 18, 2010

There's a new message in Times Square. It's a scrolling, 15-second graphic that reads: 'Muslims for Love, Loyalty and Peace.' It also features pictures of a dove, an American flag and a peace sign. And it's in rotation on an electronic billboard on 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th avenues, from six o'clock in the morning to midnight now through January 17.

The electronic billboard is part of the Muslims for Peace Campaign, sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Nushrat Qadir said her group wants to clear up misconceptions about Islam -- for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

"I really would hope that people will remember and keep in mind that Islam is a religion of peace, its teachings are of peace and that's what it means, and that a few extremists do not represent all of us," she said.

Qadir is also urging Muslims of all Islamic sects to join the campaign. "It takes more than just simply stating, 'I denounce terrorism,'" she said. "You've got to do more. You've got to educate your youth, you've got to reach out to your community. You've got to go to all people and areas, and make sure that they have the proper understanding and teachings of Islam."

The group is also handing out brochures and promoting dialogue about Islam on the streets of Times Square.

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Comments [23]

Ximo from Taiwan

May be they are not lie. But Islam's main goal is to rule the world and bring every human under Sharia Law itself. No Muslim will convert to other religion to marry someone from other faith. But if someone want to marry a muslim, he/she need to convert to Islam :D

Oct. 14 2012 02:33 AM
riz from calgary

Wow amazing :)
all us Muslims can do is try to tell others the message of God we can't change people's minds or hearts. The word "islam" means peace and submission to the will of God. If Islam was some sort of cult you'd see us forcing people into it and giving them no choice of leaving but in reality you are free to join or leave Islam. Also Islam isn't for the benefit of me or the people who wrote that billboard message or the community or even God it is for you. Honestly God doesn't care about you until you care about him. he created us all and he can easily make more people who would accept him properly so really if you people trurely love your youth give them an open clear mind and the ability to accept what's right and let them decide weather its Islam or not for them selves...and as for terrorists last i checked EVERY race religion or country has had some so if we base everyone on that well...
Anyway May God bless us all and open our hearts and mind to the truth :)

Dec. 28 2010 01:39 PM
RedH from New York

Islam is no religion of peace it is actually a very cultic religion which should be banned by law.

And what burns me up is that this sign could never be placed in the middle of any Muslim city or nation by any Christian group with a message saying Jesus Christ is Peace!

So why are we pretending as if the cult of Islam is anything more than a mind altering cult with intents of taking over the world through numbers. If you want something to see … see Muslim demographics on youtube!

This is the world we are leaving to your children you need to be aware and wake up to the lies of the cult of Islam.

Dec. 25 2010 05:44 PM
Anon from Canada

Islam to start with is a very peaceful religion just like all the others, Islam teaches that one can only find peace in one's life by submitting to Almighty God (Allah) in heart, soul and deed. Ahmadi Muslims are continuing to spread that message and trying their best and we can see that.
if one is a peace lover by heart then instead of hatred and pin pointing go with the cause as this is for all of our futures. Alislam.org is filled with responses on how we can fight terrorism and why Islam does not promote that like this link.
http://www.alislam.org/response.html
God bless everyone and may we al lbe together in this fight..

Dec. 23 2010 05:09 AM
amomin from New York

thank you all for commenting and relating to the billboard. had you not seen it you would have not commented. keep searching and I'm sure with open mind you'll come to find the truth. Please allow me to add that no abusive language for anyone and or any religion. when it says " peace" it means give it a try without cursing. thank you again....

Dec. 22 2010 08:12 PM
noori from USA

@mm8ran
you Know Christian did more killings of people throughout the human history. America has always been in wars. it keeps killing innocent people around world for oil and power. whatever you said for muslims is equally valid for you folks...what is it all Mall shootings campus and schools shooting, mass murders, abuse to children by pastors and holly fathers and worst of all insulting Great prophets. we muslims believe in all prophets including Moses, Jesus. we believe in all heavenly books including yours bible and gospel. we don't deny Jesus but you not only deny Mohammad but ruthlessly insult him and heart our feelings. Islam gave rights to women way more than given by any other religion on earth.
you misinterpret Islam, have no understanding at all about Shria and Taqiyya. islam is peace and only peace, it forbids and rejects all kind of terrorism, as Holy Quran says "killing of an innocent person is like killing of all mankind"
Islam teaches us to live in harmony with people of other religion. a small group of so called jihadis can not represent Islam...you must understand that terrorists are only terrorists that are in every society and religion. they do it to gain power or help others gain power and control..it has nothing to do with religion.
I love you all. May God bless you and give to some wisdom.
May God bless America.

Dec. 20 2010 03:27 PM
noori

@mm8ran
you Know Christian did more killings of people throughout the human history. America has always been in wars. it keeps killing innocent people around world for oil and power. whatever you said for muslims is equally valid for you folks...what is it all Mall shootings campus and schools shooting, mass murders, abuse to children by pastors and holly fathers and worst of all insulting Great prophets. we muslims believe in all prophets including Moses, Jesus. we believe in all heavenly books including yours bible and gospel. we don't deny Jesus but you not only deny Mohammad but ruthlessly insult him and heart our feelings. Islam gave rights to women way more than given by any other religion on earth.
you misinterpret Islam, have no understanding at all about Shria and Taqiyya. islam is peace and only peace, it forbids and rejects all kind of terrorism, as Holy Quran says "killing of an innocent person is like killing of all mankind"
Islam teaches us to live in harmony with people of other religion. a small group of so called jihadis can not represent Islam...you must understand that terrorists are only terrorists that are in every society and religion. they do it to gain power or help others gain power and control..it has nothing to do with religion.
I love you all. May God bless you and give to some wisdom.
May God bless America.

Dec. 20 2010 03:24 PM

Wow. Great show Muslims!
Glad some one is finally stepping up to represent the true meaning of Islam (PEACE). May God help us all in following this path.

Sister N. Qadir - I agree 100% with what you stated and hope for the same.

Thank you everyone for stepping up. I will be making a trip to NY just for this!

Dec. 19 2010 07:27 PM

@Cher

actually, submission to the will of God is what is the bigger meaning. And sharia is a voluntary thing.

Dec. 19 2010 04:55 PM
simona from lubbock,tx

I believe in islamic peace. I think that if we all stand up against the negative then we will have great success. Muslims should not be judged by the actions of others. We should be judged by the actions of our selves. I really wish that people will see that we are a nation of peace and just have some out there that are mislead by those whom try and place hate in the minds and hearts of our fellow brothers and sisters of islam.

Dec. 19 2010 02:37 PM
Khan from Canada

@ Critics
We offer you the true teachings of Islam, peace, and you throw it in our faces. All we can do is try borthers and sisters, if you want to respond with hatred, you are being very counterproductive.
No different then those extremists in Muslim countries.

Dec. 19 2010 01:58 PM
Alm757 from Dallas TX

You cannot have Peace until you are willing to accept Peace by understanding each other. Be Righteous in your FAITH you belongs to & ACT righteously, you will have peace.... Ahmadiyya Muslim Community which believes in Messiah of the age is a Peace loving community and respects all Religions of God, and their founders. You can come under Umbrella of “Love for All Hatred for None”. If you need to learn more how to get peace seek help from God Almighty, and go to www.alislam.org and/or muslimsforpeace.org for more information’s. God bless all of those looking for Peace. Thanks Alm757

Dec. 18 2010 07:43 PM

please visit www.alislam.org for true Islamic teachings. taqya is not islamic. Islam does not permit telling lies in any circumstances. Islam teaches to live in peace with oneself, with thy neigbbor, with thy city, with thy country and with the whole world. This is the teaching Ahmadiyya Muslims are spreading since its foundation by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian india, the Promised messiah

Dec. 18 2010 07:03 PM
Cher from USA

The word, "Islam," means submission.. as in submission to sharia law. If Muslims REALLY want to fake us out into believing Islam means peace, build the big, ugly victory mosque someplace else. I don't believe the taqiyya and I will never submit.

Dec. 18 2010 04:44 PM
Meme

Who are they trying to fool???

Dec. 18 2010 04:37 PM
Carol from USA

Kindly check out Shawn Rae as he is from Pakistan and he's working on global peace with everyone. Not as a Muslim alone, but as a fellow human being who wants the world to live in peace.

Therefore, I would like to bring your attention to Cross-Cultural Ambassador, Shawn Rae (www.ShawnRae.com) and his 1st Christmas Album from the Muslim World. Shawn Rae is an organic Pakistani who was born and raised in Pakistan till the age of 18. He has been in the USA for over 30 years.

Kindly Google Shawn Rae and see 2 recent PR Newswire article:

1. Shawn Rae, Bridging the Gap Between Islam and The West, One Song at a Time

Meet the Man Who's Bringing "White Christmas" to the Muslim World

2. First Muslim Christmas Album in respect of Christianity Considered for Grammy Nomination

A recent Shawn Rae ABC Television interview regarding the Album on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4E7gm-BUE0

For Shawn Rae Video Biography click on:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0tp7ZmtTJo

Shawn's views are truly global and he is working with similar minded people of other faiths to work together in bringing peace and harmony in our world.

Dec. 18 2010 03:53 PM
mm8ran from USA

Why are you putting this message on a billboard in the United States?

Put it in the Muslim country where you and your parents came from.

I'm sure after reading the message:

Sunnis and Shiites will remember that Islam is a religion of peace and they will stop killing each other.

Muslims will stop hating and killing people from different sects within Islam

Muslims will stop hating people from other religions and realize that they are human like everyone else

Agnostics, Atheists, Gays, Transsexuals, Prostitutes, Polytheists, and Apostates will stop being imprisoned, tortured, raped, mutilated, and murdered

Muslims will treat their mothers, daughters, wives and sisters with dignity and not as if they are property.

Honor killings and female circumcisions will cease because after reading your message, Muslim men will realize that their families' so-called intangible honor does not lie between the legs of the female of our species

Insulting Islam, the Prophet, and Allah will no longer be an offense punishable by death because, in a religion of peace, only God can give and take life

Afghanistan and Pakistan will start educating their youth in Science and Math and realize that rote memorizing a book in a language they don't even speak is not the way to salvation.

Muslim countries will discontinue producing heroin and opium. Arms trading will cease and Human Trafficking will stop

Muslim police and politicians will cease taking and giving bribes.

And best of all, Muslims will stop lying, not only to each other, but everyone else on planet Earth who refuses to buy their BULL S$%T.

Finally, now that all Muslims are peaceful and practicing a religion of peace, they can peacefully pay the West back all the aid money their politicians have received over the past few decades.

Peace Out Peaceful Muslims.

P.S. Please don't hurt me for being sarcastic. Remember, you are peaceful people.

Dec. 18 2010 12:17 PM
Freda

@Brandi - What would it take for you to accept that there are many Muslims out there who are peace loving? In fact, they are the majority. I am a Sufi and I practice ahimsa. I am non-violent. I am a vegetarian. I follow Bawa Muhaiyaddeen's teachings. Its time to give Muslims a break, sister, because they are trying and trying to tell people they are decent peace-loving people, but some just refuse to open their minds and hearts. And isn't that also a peace breaker?

Dec. 18 2010 11:34 AM
Anon from USA

Please don't be the one to look away when someone comes to you in effort of peace.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, believers of the Promised Messah Mirza Ghulam from Qadian, India advocates the true non-manipulated teachings of Islam.

Islam teaches it's follower to be loyal to the country they reside in. And we, as Ahmadi Muslims are loyal to our country.

We believe in Jihad by the pen, not Jihad by the sword.

Our peaceful nature is the source of persecution in many countries.

We believe in Love for All, Hatred for None.

I repeat, please don't be the one to look away when someone comes to you in effort of peace. Please don't turn away.

www.alislam.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHTmnT0qWvY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1H2e-HeEEg

Dec. 18 2010 11:18 AM
AnonUK from UK

@Brandi from Oklahoma

Strongly agree, but every effort counts.

Dec. 18 2010 10:46 AM
AnonUK from UK

@RedH from New York

Islam does allow the freedom to leave the religion, as the Qur'an says "there is no compulsion in religion". Please don't take the terrorists or extremists or people like Osama bin Laden as representatives of the faith, will you?

By the way the organizers behind this project are the Ahmadi Muslims who truly mean to be at Peace and who reject the unnecessary violent Jihad. Maybe you should visit their website Alislam.org for more info regarding them.

Dec. 18 2010 10:41 AM
Brandi from Oklahoma

Peace is shown to others by words and deeds of Muslims over time - NOT a digitial billboard.

Dec. 18 2010 10:33 AM
RedH from New York

I don't like being taken for a fool and lied too particularly in the form of an ad in the middle of the city by a religion no one can leave.

This peace is with Muslims not you but they don't tell you that! Why don't they tell you that New York city?

Because the are instructed to lie in the cult of Islam and so they do!

Dec. 18 2010 09:06 AM

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