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California: Religious Founders Day at Ahmadiyya Mosque in Chino a time for coming together


Speaking about their motive behind organizing this interfaith event, Imam Shamshad Nasir of Baitul Hameed mosque said the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community decided to provide this platform to all faiths so that a deeper understanding and love for each other can be instilled in us.

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Source/Credit: Baitul Hameed Mosque
By Statement | November 6, 2012

Religious intolerance and strife fill the headlines and the world’s many faiths often seem at odds with each other. But on Nov. 4th at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino, some 300 people from the world’s major religions gathered for Religious Founders Day to demonstrate that love and respect for people of different faiths is not only possible, but a powerful statement of God’s true purpose for religion: to bring people together and not keep them apart.

Speakers from Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Sikhism, and Islam presented teachings and ideas from their respective beliefs that proved that God’s divine plan for mankind is all about peace and respect and not fear and intolerance. What became clear with each new speaker was the commonality of spiritual truths that permeated the teachings of virtually every belief to one degree or another.

Speaking about their motive behind organizing this interfaith event, Imam Shamshad Nasir of Baitul Hameed mosque said the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community decided to provide this platform to all faiths so that a deeper understanding and love for each other can be instilled in us. He said that the recent incidents of extremism, such as the anti-Islam film in the US, the case of attempted murder of Malala Yousufzai, blasphemy charges against a Christian teenager, Ramsha Masih and death sentence of a Christian laborer, Asia Bibi, for blasphemy accusations in Pakistan; an attack on a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, US, and burning of a Buddhist temple in Bangladesh; all decry how the barbarism is slowly taking hold of our various societies and the freedom of faith is in jeopardy.

Also apparent as each presenter detailed the encompassing elements of their faith, was that God gave each religion’s founder the same fundamental tenets and codes of behavior that are collectively necessary for a moral and civil society, as well as for each individual’s spiritual growth. All religions generally have some form of the Golden Rule and the idea that realization and awareness of God leads to worship and love of God, and that this results in a desire to serve His creatures.

Speakers in order of appearance were: Imam Shamshad A Nasir representing Ahmadiyya, the true Islam; Dennis Yates, the Mayor of the city of Chino and a professed Christian; Dr. Ananda W.P. Guruge, Professor of Buddhist Studies; Cantor Hazzan Paul Buch from Temple Beth Israel representing Judaism; Maneck Bhujwala of the Zorastrian Faith; Christian Pastor Lynn Thrush from Gateway Community Church; Gurdyal Singh and Sukhpal Singh representing Sikhism; Rev. Jan Chase of Unity Church of Pomona; Kenn Rasmussen from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints; Nasser Zomorod from Universal Peace Federation, an interfaith group; Swami Purnatmanda of the Hindu Temple in Carbon Canyon; and Michael Ingram from Christian Science.

Speaker were given topics to present unifying aspects of their faiths that would illustrate the fact that all religions come from one divine source, called by many names and titles, but it is this single source that demonstrates the plan for ultimate unity among mankind in love and mutual respect.

Addressing the audience at the opening of the event, Mayor Yates said he was impressed with the purpose of the event and wished his Church would also take queue and organize a similar events.

The enlightening and thought-provoking interfaith event drew praise and applause from all attendees. A short Question & Answer session followed the conclusion of the presenters’ speeches, with a buffet-style Indian dinner served afterwards, where participants could socialize and get to know each better.

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