- - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Recently, the “khalifa” of ISIS released a message calling all Muslims to fight for the Islamic State and the Caliphate. This message is terrifying for Muslims for two reasons. It aims to do the following: represent Islam as a violent religion which supports the atrocities committed by this terrorist group and mislead other Muslims to partake in the evils committed by the Islamic State.

However, does the Islamic State represent Islam? Not at all. As an Ahmadi Muslim, I believe in another Caliphate — not one established for political gain, but one established to spiritually guide and unite thousands of Muslims around the world. May 27, 2015, marked the 107th anniversary of the peaceful Caliphate of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Our current khalifa, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has traveled around the world delivering keynote addresses in places such as Capitol Hill and the British Parliament. He has outlined Islamic solutions to peace and condemning the Islamic State and the atrocities that it commits. Additionally, our mosques and student groups have taken the lead on trying to prevent the radicalization of Muslim youth by holding “Stop the CrISIS” events on college campuses around the US, including George Mason University. Our message is simple: the Islamic State does not speak for Islam.

SAADIA NAWAL

Lorton, Va.

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