Muslim Group Responds To Attack


Originally Published in The Hartford Courant 

Amid our heightened prayers, solidarity and speaking out against terrorism, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community CT discovered bullet holes piercing our House of Peace Mosque in Meriden last week. We won’t let this cowardly act of terror scare or stop us in any way, and we thank God no one was injured.

As humanitarian Muslims for peace who believe in Messiah Ahmad, we’ve endured over a century of violent persecution and hate from extremists all around the world. We yet stand united and march forward under the enlightened leadership and guidance of his holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the true Khalifa of Islam. Our worldwide leader of tens of millions illustrates and teaches us to employ “love for all, hatred for none” and prayer as our weapons.

We resume our daily prayers and express gratitude for the touching sentiments and outstanding support of the authorities as well as our neighbors, and we have boldly opened our doors wider than ever to the public.

We invite anyone and everyone to open houses at our mosque at 410 Main St., Meriden, on Friday, Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. Let’s unify against terrorism and hatred.



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Zahir Muhammad Mannan

Zahir Mannan is the Head Teacher and Administrative Associate at the Early Learning Program, Inc. at Central Connecticut State University, and a previous Associate Research Scientist at Yale University School of Medicine. He leads a weekly Holy Quran study group at Baitul Aman "House of Peace" Mosque in Meriden, CT, where he also teaches an advanced Holy Quran class for Tahir Academy. He has served the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in diverse capacities including national follow-up coordinator for 1-800-WHY-ISLAM, local Youth President, local Interfaith Outreach Director, local Holy Quran Education and Temporary Devotion Director, and local Youth Publication Director.

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