SILVER SPRING – For Muslim missionary Irshad Malhi, it really is quite simple.
“No Muslim can take the law into their own hands, creating disorder can lead to damnation,” Malhi said. “Be kind to all people. Do not cause any harm to anyone by word, deed, or thought.”
On Oct. 18, Malhi and people from various religious backgrounds gathered at Bait-ur-Rahman Mosque to participate in an Interfaith Symposium luncheon about loyalty to homeland.
Malhi read a passage from the Holy Quran about Muslims being required to be loyal to their country regardless of the ruler’s faith.
He explained that the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said to use all energy in spreading the unity of God in the world.
Malhi spoke about the campaigns the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community started, such as distributing leaflets promoting peace and blood drives since year since the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11.
Seventh Day Adventist Pastor Nathan Krause quoted biblical verses about existing authorities being “appointed by God.
“Therefore, whoever resists authority resists the ordinance of God. Those who resist will bring judgment to themselves,” said Krause.
The two-hour discussion concluded with a Q&A session and a silent prayer.
Dr. Amjad Chaudhry of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said the community hosts these events because they want to share the beauties of all religions and clear the confusion of the misunderstandings people may have about some religions.
“We host these talks once a year but we want to do it more often,” said Chaudhry.
Chaudhry said he is happy with the way the event turned out because attendees found similarities between their religions.
Speakers included Islamic missionary Irshad Malhi, Christian Revs. Michael Mercurio and David Slage Peck, Seventh Day Adventist Pastor Nathan Krause, Buddhist Dr. B.N. Hebbar, Sikh Gurbakhash Singh Dhillion and Quaker Loydell Jones.