Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Seeks to Expand in Latin America
By Dialogo December 02, 2010The situation of those Men and Women of Faith who profess the religion of Islam is a very difficult one, and they are a minority. To equate them with terrorists would be to play into the came of the actual offenders. On the other hand, in our country there has never existed bloody confrontations, whatâ€™s more, in the towns there are no differences, and the majorities are immigrants, always putting first the solidarity between different migratory currents. Reflection and tact, respect and consideration for the differences, will take us to a HUMAN co-existence â€“ not stigmatize, is a way to resist the violent offenders. The Ahmadiyya group are considered to be non-Muslims by the majority of Muslim scholars in Islam. May the true and peaceful Islam reign supreme over all those seeking to spread violence and discord. Very good news. I can find hardly any information from the community. There is no webpage for Latin America in Colombia, is there?
The Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community announced in the Guatemalan capital that it is seeking to expand in Latin America by sending missionaries to Colombia and Chile and with the possible construction of a mosque in El Salvador.
“The objective is to start over in those countries and reestablish Islamic missions,” after failures in South America in 1992 and in Central America in 1988, the Community’s spokesperson in the United States, Waseem Sayed, said at a press conference while visiting Guatemala.
Sayed explained that he headed a 1988 delegation to establish missions in the countries of Central America, except for Nicaragua, “but it wasn’t possible.”
Nevertheless, he said that there are members of the Community in El Salvador, for which reason they are studying the possibility of buying a piece of land and building a mosque in 2011.
The vice-president of the Community in the United States, Daud A. Hanif, specified that the religious group was able to enter Guatemala in 1989, when they founded their first mosque, while this year they inaugurated another in Quetzaltenango, the country’s second most important city, 206 km west of the capital.
The religious leader also dismissed the possibility that true Muslims could be behind terrorist attacks, like those that took place in the United States on 11 September 2001.
According to the leader, the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is made up of around 200 million people in 197 countries and is recognized by the international community and the United Nations as peaceful.