This year’s July 4th celebrations allowed the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to use their recently built new mosque, Masjid Mubarak (House of Blessings). It was the first time the community was able to use the building for this purpose which allowed for an assortment of activities to be held. The barbecue was open to the general public, among which a number of political delegates were in attendance, as well as residents from in and around the neighborhood. An endless supply of food and cold drinks catered to the attendees of that sweltering 4th of July Thursday, people got to enjoy delicious hamburgers and hotdogs, washing them down with ice cold soda drinks.
Tariq Amjed, President of the chapter where the mosque is situated, was overall pleased to have so many guests attend the 4th of July function. “This is our first function at this new mosque site, inshallah (God willing) we will be holding many more functions in years to come.”
The event was topped off with the hoisting of the American flag and listening to the National Anthem, after which the delegates were invited to say a few words. Rep. Mark Obenshain highlighted that it was our responsibility to make sure “the American dream is a dream that survives and thrives” for the benefit of our children, and our children’s children, so that we can live in a country where all men are created equal. Naseem Mahdi, one of the community’s most prominent member summed up by saying that it was our religious responsibility to be loyal to our country, that it was part of faith, as was taught by Prophet Muhammad of Islam, may be upon him. He went on to condemn all the terrorist attacks and violence committed in the name of religion, and even mentioned the campaign, Muslims For Life which began two years ago on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 to commemorate the victims who died that fateful day, during which 25,000 units of blood were collected to save lives. Mr. Mahdi highlights that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is doing their part to counter the negative actions people take in the name of Islam. He ended in silent prayer.