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USA: Ahmadi Muslims in Meriden, Connecticut, mark an emotional end of Hajj


“Tears washed away all attachments (whether superficial or profound) besides God as we heard the passionate story of chivalry made by a seemingly poor but holy family; Abraham, his son and his wife.” 

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | US Desk
Source/Credit: Zahir Muhammad Mannan
By Staff report | October 25, 2012

Connecticut: Locally, 150 Muslims who believe in the two Messiahs, Jesus of Nazareth and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian gathered at Baitul Aman mosque (the House of Peace) in Meriden to commemorate the spirit of sacrifice on Friday October 26, 2012.

Zahir Muhammad Mannan, who serves as a director of interfaith outreach for the Connecticut Chapter of the Ahmadiyys Muslim community, wrote the details of the event organized by their chapter.

“Stepping into God’s House of Peace one heard the pure, melodious chanting of God’s praises; “God is the greatest, God is most great, no deity exists except God, God is the greatest, God is most great, and unto God alone belongs all forms of worship,” said Mannan in his passionate write-up.

Setting the scene of the Eid prayers on Friday morning, Mannan says, the Imam related the popular story of Abraham.

“The Imam (from Ghayana, Africa) humbly stands up and recites the Islamic testimony and the Opening Chapter of the Holy Qur’ān,” writes Zahir Mannan. “Delving without delay into the famous story of Abraham (p.b.u.h.), our father, we once again listen intently to this great ode of sacrifice.”

Mannan added that, “Tears washed away all attachments (whether superficial or profound) besides God as we heard the passionate story of chivalry made by a seemingly poor but holy family; Abraham, his son and his wife.”

“We closed the sermon with collective silent prayers and proceeded to jubilantly greet each other with tight embraces and warm wishes of a blessed happy ‘Eid.”

Mannan added a few lines of his poem about the ‘essence of ‘Eid’:  

If only we of different races and creeds
Would slaughter our inner child of arrogance and greed
We might live in loving happiness together,
Like the family we were supposed to be      

  — USA: Ahmadi Muslims in Meriden, Connecticut, mark an emotional end of Hajj
  — Ahmadiyya Times / Zahir Muhammad Mannan
  — By Imran Jattala. Follow on Twitter: @IJattala

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