Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks!


Source/Credit: The Daily Bulletin
Date: November 24th, 2010

Thanksgiving is one holiday that everyone, no matter their faith, can fully appreciate. To express appreciation to God and man is something Islam teaches and I think it's great Thanksgiving affords me this opportunity every year.

As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I am thankful that I am a citizen of this great country where I can practice my faith without any restriction. Sadly, many so-called Islamic governments in the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia would not grant me this protection.

So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful to all those who have afforded me the rights the First Amendment grants America's citizens.

I am truly thankful and proud that I am an American Muslim - a proud Muslimerican.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Chino mosque members remember victims during Ramadan


Source/Credit: The SB Sun | Writer: Neil Nisperos | Date: 8/14/2010

CHINO - A year of tragedy is underscoring the importance of the 2010 Ramadan observance for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

The Baitul Hameed Mosque community in Chino, which serves hundreds of Ahmadiyya Muslims in the Inland Empire, began the observance on Wednesday.

Ramadan, a month of daily fasting, offers Muslims all over the world the opportunity to strengthen and deepen their spirituality in order to be closer to God.

Prayers this month will be dedicated to the victims of Ahmadiyya persecution, Chino Muslim community members said.

Taliban extremists killed 86 Ahmadiyya Muslims this past May as they were worshipping at two of the group's mosques in Lahore, Pakistan. More than 100 were seriously injured.

"During the month of Ramadan, special prayers will be offered for those who were murdered, and for the more than 100 people who were seriously injured," said Imam Shamshad Nasir, who heads the Chino mosque. "Some of them are still in the hospital and some of them lost their limbs during this attack. We are praying for them and their families."

Ahmadiyya Muslims contend their founder - the 19thcentury Indian-born Muslim cleric Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad - to be the messiah mentioned in the Quran. Because the belief is considered heretical by larger Muslims sects, Ahmadiyya groups have been violently persecuted for their beliefs, particularly in Pakistan where the state officially considers them non-Muslims.

Mubarika Sadiq, president of the regional women's auxiliary group for the local Ahmadiyya community, said many Ahmadiyyas in the area have ties to people who were injured or killed in Lahore.

"Everybody knew somebody who passed away or was injured or was affected," Sadiq said. "It was sad this happened, especially because we believe that Islam means peace. Our (Ahmadiyya) motto is love for all and hatred for none, so it's really sad. But at the same time, we don't want to respond in that kind of way. When struck by such a thing, we believe that it is a time for patience."

In addition to the attack, many in the Ahmadiyya community here also know those suffering through devastating monsoon flooding in Pakistan this summer that has killed about 1,600 and impacted millions.

"The flooding is so painful," said Aisha Mateen, a member of the Chino mosque's women's auxiliary. "This is a tragedy, but in the month of Ramadhan, we're going to pray more for the families suffering, the people that were martyred and the families left behind. We're going to pray for them more and more so that God gives them courage."

Local Ahmadiyya Muslims have been busy collecting donations to aid flood victims and survivors of the Lahore attacks, but aid for the poor in the local region is also a priority.

As part of Ramadan, the women's auxiliary is holding a "Feed the Hungry" outreach project. Boxes to collect non-perishable food items will be placed at the Baitul Hameed Mosque on Aug. 20. The food will be given to the Foothill Family Shelter in Upland.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, runs for 30 days to Sept. 9.

For more information, call 909-627-2252


Read more:http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_15783310#ixzz0wkHRvLPe

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Members meet to discuss Ways to Call Society back to God

Chino,CA (Source: Staff Writer): The local Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the Inland Empire and Orange County decided to begin 2010 with a new years resolution to focus some attention on calling people in today's society back to God. "We see around us that it is very easy for people to get side tracked with daily routines of work, family, etc... and thus people become very materialistic, forgetting the creator of this Universe and Lord of all the worlds, the Almighty God." said one young regular attendee of the class.

The local members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community decided to start a discussion group and interactive class, at the Bait ul Hameed Mosque in Chino, to brainstorm ideas including strategies and effective methods to get the local area and the society as a whole to begin to come back to God and spend some time to develop a relationship with their creator. The group of approximately fifteen dedicated members meet every Saturday for an hour, following the morning prayer (Fajr). The organizers and administrators of the class are very optimistic, as 2010 get underway, and are excited about what these sessions may bring.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ahmadiyya Muslims to hold Annual Convention


LOS ANGELES (Source: India Post): The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been holding its Annual Conventions, known as 'Jalsa Salana', in different parts of the world for over 100 years. This year marks the 24th Jalsa Salana West Coast, USA. Members from 11 chapters spanning from as far north as Seattle, Washington down through Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona will make the Journey to the Inland Empire, where for the first time in many years, the convention returns to the Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino.

The event is set to begin on Friday, December 25 2009 and go on until Sunday, December 27, 2009.  Attendance is estimated to top 1000 this year, as members of the community from as far as Washington DC, Cleveland, Chicago, and even Canada are expected to attend.  

Many of the community's national office holders will be in attendance including the National Vice Presidents of the Community, and the newly appointed Missionary In-charge USA, Mr. Naseem Mahdi. Mr. Mahdi will address the audience on Sunday spaking about the Holy Prophet Muhammad and his service to Humankind.    

The purpose of the three day convention as laid out by the founder of the community, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, is to enable every sincere individual to personally experience religious benefits and so that they may enhance their knowledge. Topics this year range on a vast number of issues including, Calling people to God and how to best convey the Message of Islam. 

Women will also have their own session, in which dealing with today's recession will be addressed. The national president of the community's women's auxiliary, Dr. Shenaz Butt is also expected to address the gathering.

Read article here

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Youth Leaders Inspired and Refreshed after Conference


Chino- (Staff Writer) The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) Men's Youth Association (MKA), USA successfully completed their 14th Annual Leadership Conference, which began on Friday with an informal barbecue at Laguna beach. Of the over 200 participants, a large majority were on the west coast for the first time. Many were amazed at the scenic views and were thrilled at the chance to enjoy a spectacular southern California sunset.

The formal event began early Saturday Morning with a Welcome from the local President of the LA-Inland Empire Chapter of AMC, Mr. Ansari who welcomed the young leaders. President of MKA USA, Dr. Yonus also addressed the group and informed participant about the objectives and goals of the conference. Imam Shamshad, Missionary at the Chino Mosque also welcomed the participants and said that he was delighted that they are having an event of this magnitude at the Baitul Hameed mosque. The session was then divided up into smaller groups and key leadership issues were discussed including finances, reporting, and how to motivate the youth within the organization, etc...

In the afternoon the National Executive Board of the Youth association put on a 'Resource Fair' which gave participants an opportunity to ask questions of their national counterparts and seek guidance from them, as to how to make there local chapters more active in specific areas including: how to hold successful education classes, organize blood drives, and how to successfully provide good spiritual education to the children of the community, etc.. The evening concluded with a meeting of the National executive board.

Sunday Morning the conference resumed and participants were inspired by two very respected early African American members of the community who touched the audience with their story of how they came into the fold of Ahmadiyyat and they offered the youth some valuable words of wisdom and encouragement.

For more info on this event please visit www.mkausa.org and look for 'QRC'.
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Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya (MKA) is the youth auxiliary of the greater Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. In the United States, MKA USA is registered as a 501(c)(3) subsidiary of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, USA Inc.

The name "Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya" is derived from its roots in Arabic. Translated into English, its literal meaning is "Group of the Servants of Ahmadiyya." Ahmadiyya (or Ahmadis) is the name given to those who are a part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect in Islam.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Community are Muslims that believe in the Messiah, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) of Qadian, India. In 1889, the Promised Messiah (as), established this organization with a notion that "members of this community would show something distinctive in their day-to-day behaviors."

As the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community grew, so too did the demands of the organization. Hadhrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad(ra), Khalifatul Masih II (the second caliph or successor to the Promised Messiah) created several organizations from time-to-time to fulfill these growing needs. On February 4th, 1938, Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya was established under his direction; a culmination the great characteristics found in previously established organizations of the community.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Women Interfaith Celebration

Chino- (Source: Staff Writer) On Saturday, November 21st the Women's Auxillary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will host an interfaith celebration at the Bait ul Hameed Mosque. The event is open to all ladies who wish to attend. Attendees will learn about the beliefs of various faiths including: Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Mormonism, Christianity, and Islam.

The Festival of Faiths will have various presentations, discussions, and stalls to bring ladies of all faiths together to learn about each other and promote peace and harmony amongst women of various religious backgrounds. Attendees are encouraged to stay for a complimentary dinner.

The event begins at 2pm and will last about 3 hours. Ladies are requested to RSVP at shubbs82@gmail.com.


The Chino Mosque, namely the Bait ul Hameed Mosque, is located at:
11941 Ramona Ave. Chino CA 91710