Originally Published in The Press Enterprise
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community L.A. East Chapter, Baitul Hameed Mosque: Thanksgiving is a truly special holiday because it transcends religious differences and allows us all to celebrate a common value: gratitude. Islam, in particular, is grossly misrepresented by groups like al-Qaida and ISIS. These groups preach hate and forceful conversion.
As an Ahmadi Muslim who believes in a calpihate that promotes peace and tolerance, I give thanks to nations like the U.S. that allow us to promote this positive message and set the record straight on true Islam.
Moreover, this country affords all people the freedom to live and express our thoughts and feelings without fear of repercussion or subversion, and for that we are indeed grateful.