Imam Mustenser Qamar writes

Dear Editor-In-Chief of the Samoa Observer, 

In the Name of Allah (God), the Most Gracious the Ever Merciful;

Over the past few months there was a great deal of discussion with regards the ‘Call to ban Islam in Samoa’. Worldwide there is an increase in the threat people feel the religion of Islam poses to their security and peace. Unfortunately, this is augmented by the actions of a small minority of ‘so-called’ Muslims supposedly acting in the name of Islam. 

As a representative of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I can assure you that the true teachings of Islam are teachings of peace, love, acceptance and understanding. Islam teaches loyalty at all levels of society. Just as some miscreants have throughout history attempted to defame the beautiful teachings of Christianity, likewise is the case with the minority of miscreants causing worldwide disturbance in the name of our religion. 

I understand the fear posed by these violent extremists who are out there to achieve their political and egotistic motives. Therefore, being an Imam and Missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community currently serving in New Zealand and also being a regular visitor to Samoa; I felt it necessary to reassure you that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Worldwide strongly condemns any and all form of extremism. This reassurance is based on the teachings of our religious scripture, the Holy Quran and the true teachings of Islam. 

Therefore, with this letter you will find enclosed my gift to you, a copy of the book ‘World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace’. This book contains a series of Keynote addresses and letters which the Worldwide Spiritual Head of the *Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Caliph (Khalifa), delivered regarding the true Islamic teachings and the key to peace whilst also highlighting the impending danger of a world catastrophe if efforts are not made to establish peace. 

The Caliph, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, is a world renowned figure who has spoken at Capitol Hill in the US, Houses of Parliament in London, European Parliament in Brussels, the Parliament in Wellington and many other distinguished places housing eminent scholars and dignitaries. 

Christianity is the largest religion in the world followed closely by Islam. If we let the gaps in the bridges of understanding widen, then what hope do our future generations have in enjoying a peaceful world?

I hope that you accept this gift from your Muslim brother. Our community worldwide, under the guidance of our spiritual leader, will continue to pray and strive for world peace. 

May God Almighty shower you with His countless blessings. 

Warm regards,

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