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Marshall Islands: Islam group opens first mosque in Majuro


Falah Shams, the national president of the Ahmadiyya, spoke and also led the group in prayer, and recently arrived Imam Matiullah Joyia read from the Quran. The recitation of the Quran and Shams’ speech were translated to Marshallese by Billa Typhoon and Sannia Nena.

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Source/Credit: Marianas Variety
By Giff Johnson | September 25 2012 (local time)

MAJURO — History was made in Majuro Friday with the official opening of a newly built mosque for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Located in the downtown section of the capital, directly across the street from the courthouse, the new mosque was blessed and then people enjoyed food as part of the celebration.

The opening included reading from the Holy Quran and translations into Marshallese language.

Falah Shams, the national president of the Ahmadiyya, spoke and also led the group in prayer, and recently arrived Imam Matiullah Joyia read from the Quran. The recitation of the Quran and Shams’ speech were translated to Marshallese by Billa Typhoon and Sannia Nena.

Both Shams and Joyia emphasized the message that the Ahmadiyya, from its founding in 1889, has explicitly rejected “jihad by the sword.” Instead, said Shams, the Ahmadiyya have promoted an “intellectual jihad of the pen to defend Islam.”

“Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the leading Islamic organization to categorically reject terrorism in any form,” Shams said.

Rongelap Mayor James Matayoshi also spoke, recognizing the religious group as one that “rejects violence.” He offered a “warm welcome” and thanked both the Ahmadiyya and its sister organization Humanity First that has worked with both Rongelap and Enewetak local governments to establish computer centers and operate computer trainings for local residents.

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