New Imam building bridges in community

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Originally published in Springfield News-Leader

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I am the new imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, St. Louis chapter.

I have dedicated my life to the service of God and mankind.

Our mosque (Baitul Hafeez Mosque) is located at 4529 Emerson Ave. in St. Louis.

At our mosque we hold five daily prayers, Friday prayers, weekly meetings and Interfaith symposiums. All are welcome, Muslim or non-Muslim.

As an imam, it is my duty to lead various activities in our community.

To better serve our community, we have also started interfaith campaigns with local churches such as Feed the Hungry, Muslims for Life and Muslims for Peace.

It is my goal to create harmony and peace between all our communities regardless of their faith. This is in accordance to Prophet Muhammad’s example, who taught us to be the servant of our community.

I hope that by working together we will be able to build the bridges of compassion and understanding within our communities

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