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Muslim Group Tries to Spread Peace on New Year's Eve

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thousands of people will be descending on Times Square for New Year's Eve, and one group hopes it will be an opportunity to spread a message of peace. The Muslims for Peace Campaign, sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, is a nationwide campaign. It was launched following the failed Times Square bomb plot in May.

Doctor Ahmad Chaudhry, a member of the campaign, said his group wants people to know that Muslims are against terrorism and violence, and that now is the perfect time to clear up misconceptions about Islam.

"We're going to bring this message back, to Times Square, because there are hundreds of thousands of people from all across the United States as well as the world," he said. "What better place to spread the true message of Islam?"

Members of the group will be handing out fliers in Time Square from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve. They'll be wearing black t-shirts inscribed with the word "peace," and the emblem of dove. On the back of the shirts is the word "terrorism," struck through with a large red slash.

Chaudhry hopes his group's efforts will pay off in the new year, and promote what he said is the true message of Islam. "We hope that in the coming year, that we can really be the face of peace rather than the face of fear, and that Islam can be known as a religion that promotes peace," he said.

Throughout the year, Chaudhry said, his group will continue spreading that message nationwide. Last month, the Muslims for Peace Campaign unveiled an electronic billboard on 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th avenues. The 15-second graphic reads "Muslims for Love, Loyalty, and Peace," and features pictures of a dove, the American flag, and a peace sign. It will be on display through January 17.

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altaf bhat from Delhi

Respected peace love and harmony lovers.it is me your peace friend i am very thankful to every one who has been sending there feedbacks,queries,suggestions,it is really helping me to go further in this great mission.now a days i am in Delhi working on same project thousands of people are signing peace t-shirts i am visiting all places in Delhi.it is good sign that people are joining there hand together to spread the message of peace love and harmony together with me.our man aim is to make this world beautiful as it should be.please keep sending me feedbacks,suggestions if any peace lover feel to contact me please call me on:9953969297.or send me mail on amankiasha53@yahoo.in.facebook.manonpeacemission altaf bhat.thanks and best regards from altaf bhat

Apr. 22 2011 04:27 PM
altaf from delhi

my name is altaf bhat i am on peace mission in India i believe to work on peace mission is the best thing in the world if you wish to join hands together with me to spread the message of peace all over in the world please send me your views on my mail address(amankiasha53@yahoo.in)or call me(9953969297)i will be happy to work together with you.show me your great intrust.yours truly altaf bhat

Mar. 06 2011 09:37 AM
loveforall from texas

Islam is a religion of peace and the Quran specifies the importance of it over and over again. A few people are giving out the wrong message about it, just like the IRA are doing about Christianity in Ireland but that doesn't mean Christianity is a violent religion, exactly the opposite as a matter of fact. Jesus was a true man of God, just look at his teachings and actions. The media haven't got hold of other extremist groups yet otherwise christianity and other religions would get a bad name too and God did not intend to bring these religions in order to cause chaos. Follow God's word and create peace in this world. Love for all Hatred for none.

Jan. 11 2011 06:58 PM
Dulmial Malik

AA,

Islam Is Peace !!! Spread the message and embodyit in your daily life. Some thing Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Stands For. Love For All Hatred for none.

Learn more how to get peace. Go to http://www.alislam.org and/or muslimsforpeace.org

May Allah Bless and Guide Us All Aameen

Jan. 02 2011 04:41 PM
Shadeed Ahmad from New York, New York

Excuse me, the following is an amended version of my last comment:

To me, it's a sad commentary about the perception of Islam in the world when a campaign like, "Muslims for Peace" has to be placed in the forefront for public consumption to hopefully prove Muslims' intentions of peace.

There is something inherent in the need to do so that shows the general public before 9/11 could care less about over a billion Muslims worldwide and what they truly represent.

It has always made me wonder about humanity in general and how it often it fails miserably about trying in an intelligent manner to get to know its fellow inhabitants on the planet.

Education is the key to financial, spiritual and social progress in life. It stands as common sense that we share this planet with one another making it expedient to know one another for peaceful coexistence.

Just as we share the same air, water, land and basic foods--we also share the same needs for love, decency and respect of one another.

In this the 21st century there is a mandatory need on the planet, regardless of race, ethnicity or spiritual beliefs to unite in the spirit of love to circumvent the massive negativity overwhelming the process of peace's fruition.

Kudos are in order for those who globally support efforts towards harmony like, "Muslims for Peace."

Muslims by definition are peacemakers. However, in the chaos that is intrinsic of the egocentric nature of bigotry and its ignorance, many people are failing to see in a panoramic sense the importance and powers of love, respect and decency in promoting the existence of an enlightened humanity.

All the best to, "Muslims for Peace."

Jan. 02 2011 12:32 PM
Tarique Malik from Dallas.TX

MasahAllah, great job. Our prays with you!!
InshaAllah time will come soon when world will see these efforts will bring love,peace among the nations.
"LOVE FOR ALL.HATRED FOR NONE"

Jan. 02 2011 11:21 AM
Shadeed Ahmad from New York, New York

To me, it is a sad commentary about the perception of Islam in the world when a campaign like, "Muslims For Peace" has to be placed in the forefront for public consumption to hopefully prove Muslim intentions of peace.

There is something inherent in the need to do so that shows the general public before 9/11 could care less about over a billion Muslims worldwide and what they truly represent.

It has always made me wonder about humanity in general and how it often fails miserably about trying in an intelligent manner to get to know its fellow constituents on the planet.

Education is the key to financial, social and progress in life. It stands as common sense that sense we share this planet with one another it is expedient to know one another for peaceful coexistence.

Just as we share the same air, water.lands and basic foods--we also share the same needs for love, decency and respect of one another.

In the 21st century there is a mandatory needs on the planet, regardless of race, ethnicity or spiritual beliefs to unite in the spirit of love to circumvent the massive negativity overwhelming the process of peace's fruition.

Kudos to those who support globally all efforts towards harmony like, "Muslims For Peace."

Muslims by definition are peacemakers. However, in the chaos that is intrinsic of the egocentric nature of bigotry and its ignorance, many people are failing to see in a panoramic sense the importance and powers of love, respect and decency in an enlightened humanity.

All the best to " Muslims For Peace."

Jan. 02 2011 08:07 AM
Slatif

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is doing a wonderful job by spreading message of peace. All Muslim should join them in this cause.

Jan. 01 2011 03:24 PM
Humanity

This is in reply to HE from NYC:
We are not against anyone our motto is “Love for all, Hatred for None”. Our message is to promote peace among people of all religions including those terrorists who claim to be Muslims.
Our over 120 years of peaceful record is a powerful testimony and one of the reasons why Ahmadi Muslims are the fastest growing community in the world. We grew from mere 70 members in India to over 160 millions in 190+ countries of the globe. This is due to our message of true Islam. For more info on our peaceful teachings please visit: www.alislam.org

Jan. 01 2011 02:43 PM
Bobby from Dallas, TX

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the Ahmadiyya Community, was appointed by God to unite humankind in the latter days. Ahmad's mission strives to achieve unity by creating peace, love, and harmony among followers of different prophets, people of different races, and those living in different countries. This universal message is what we need in this growingly polarizing world.

www.alislam.org

Jan. 01 2011 09:29 AM
ITouchTheFuture from USA

Very important effort, indeed!

Muslims need to specify particular references from the Quran to convince non-Muslims that Islam is truly peaceful, e.g., Ch. 2, v. 257 ("There should be no compulsion in religion"), and verses from Sura Al-Kafiroon ("... to you your religion, and to me, my religion ...". The prohibitions against taking innocent lives also need quoting.

I have learned much from alislam.org, and I recommend that site to all who are interested in learning about the true teachings of Islam.

Long live the peacemakers! Peace to all!

Jan. 01 2011 05:09 AM
A. Rashid from USA

What an awesome effort. I am so pleased with the efforts that The Ahmadiyya Community has made thus far. I pray that these efforts reach more and more people all over the world. LOVE FOR ALL HATRED FOR NONE!

Dec. 31 2010 12:36 PM
AM from Dallas, Texas

Great Effort...
" Love for All, Hatred for None." is the true message of Islam.

Dec. 31 2010 12:15 PM
azia

Excellent effort by Ahmadiyya Community to let the world know that all Muslims are not terrorists, and we are not with those people who claim to be Muslims, as well as do evil things which are entirely against the true teachings of Islam. You can go to alislam.org, and learn more about it and also read Quran with commentary yourself, at the same website and understand it yourself. Thanks

Dec. 31 2010 12:00 PM
shoeb from nyc

this is the time to spread the message of Islam, especially in the holiday with millions of seekers of truth in time square. keep going guys!

Dec. 31 2010 10:48 AM
jari from dallas

great message. may God bless all those who are involved. may the coming year be a true peace all over the world and love for all hatered for none spread throughout the world amen.www.alislam.org for true teachings of islam

Dec. 31 2010 10:03 AM
HE from NYC

It is about time. lots of success.

Now for the hard question; Who are the terrorist that you are against?

Dec. 31 2010 09:58 AM
Munawar Malik from Wylie TX

A beautiful and practical way to promote the message of peace. Lets invite all other Muslim group to join hands in hands and strongly condemn TERRORISM.
Muslim for peace
alislam.org
Love for all hatrefd for none.

Dec. 31 2010 09:23 AM
haniah shakeel from kerala INDIA

let us prove ,we are the true muslims and this is the true teachings of islam.

Dec. 31 2010 07:52 AM
Saliha

Wonderful work.... May God bless!

Dec. 31 2010 07:24 AM
Fahim

Great Message....Amazing Effort!

Dec. 31 2010 01:51 AM
Qureshi

This is all blessing of Khilafat, please come and join us and spread the real message of Islam.

Dec. 31 2010 01:49 AM
Quratulain from USA

Thats a great effort.Hats off to all the volunteers and particiapants..
LOVE FOR ALL
HATRED FOR NONE

Dec. 31 2010 12:44 AM
O J DEEN from Sri Lanka

LOVE FOR ALL HATRED FOR NONE

“You are the best people raised for the good of mankind;
you enjoin what is good and forbid evil and believe in God…”
(Holy Qur’an, Ch. 3: v. 111)

Dec. 31 2010 12:35 AM
DAUD from usa

What a beautiful thing to do. I pray and hope for their success.

Dec. 30 2010 11:23 PM
Saadia

This is a great effort to show the world what Islam really means! Keep up the good work!

Dec. 30 2010 10:38 PM
Sylvie7

Teddy: you got it.

Dec. 30 2010 10:29 PM
qainr

This is such a great effort to bring the true teachings of Islam into public awareness. I hope the work of this group encourages people to go beyond the misconceptions about the faith and discover the beauty that lies within.

Dec. 30 2010 09:57 PM
teddy Galea

yeah right

Dec. 30 2010 09:41 PM

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