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UN: Muslim-Christian Rally For World PeaceUN: Muslim-Christian Rally For World Peace by Khalida
June 22, 2008, 4:56 am
Filed under: International, July Volume I- 2008, World | Tags: , , , , ,


By Umm Shadzia, Islamic Post Staff Writer

United We Stand. “On this day, we stand on common ground… we will no longer be duped or manipulated by a “hidden hand” into fighting or going to war with each other.” (R-L) The distinguished Ms. Mary Yele­nick of the Na­t’l Catholic Social Services Lobby; the Hon­orable Earnest Davis, former Mayor of Mount Vernon, NY;  Muhammad Haseeb Qadri, International Quranic Open University rally coordinator; the Hon­orable Khalifa Muhammad Atiq Qadri, President of Muslim Vet­erans of America; and the Honorable Khalifa Muhammad Hussein Qadri, Deputy Direc­tor of IQOU.

NEW YORK- An impres­sive crowd of over 3,000 Muslims and Chris­tians were not deterred by the warnings of severe thunderstorms and hail as they boarded buses, vans, trains and planes throughout the United States and Canada to participate in the Muslim-Christian ‘World Peace Rally’, held in New York City, USA. The participants gath­ered on the corner of 47th Street and 2nd Av­enue, and boldly marched toward the United Nations building. The Muslims and Christians joined by peace activists, humanitarian orga­nizations and politicians collectively initiated the first annual, “Rally for World Peace” of this type.
A newly established group, ”The United Muslim-Christian Forum” (UMCF), hosted the historic event as they publicized their aims which include but are not limited to, Muslim–Christian Unity, taking a decisive stand against worldwide suffering, and launching a vigorous and unyielding advocacy campaign for world peace and against war and terror. During the program, the crowd was awed and invigorated as it was announced that the lifelong humani­tarian and advocate for world peace, His Eminence, the Vice Chancellor of the International Quranic Open University, El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, called via telephone to send his regards and admiration for such efforts.
As they stood, at Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, in the shadow of the United Nation’s building, the theme of the gathering was encompassed in the opening remarks made by Mr. Muhammad Hasib Qadri, a ral­ly coordinator, when he stated: “On this day, we stand on com­mon ground. We serve notice to the world, that as Muslims and Christians we will no longer be duped or manipulated by a “hidden hand” into fighting, or going to war with each other.”
Amongst the distin­guished guests were: the Hon­orable Earnest Davis, former Mayor of Mount Vernon, New York, Mr. Naquan Muhammad, representative of “The Islamic Political Party of America”, the distinguished Ms. Mary Yele­nick, representative of the Na­tional Catholic Social Services Lobby, the Honorable Khalifa Muhammad Hussein Qadri, Deputy Direc­tor of the International Quranic Open University, and the Hon­orable Khalifa Muhammad Atiq Qadri, President of Muslim Vet­erans of America Inc.

Further into the program UMCF made its dynamic demands clear:

-We demand world peace and no more war!
-We demand that no more lives be wasted!

-We demand an independent inquiry into the absence of 4000 Jews from the World Trade Center on 9/11 and why it is being covered up.
-We demand to know who actually carried out the 9/11 at­tacks.
-We demand to know what happened to the 5 Israeli men, dressed in Arab clothes, dancing and jeering on the other side of the river and filming while the attacks were being carried out.
-We demand to know why Building 7 crumbled without being damaged in any way by the attack.
President of the Mus­lim Veterans of America Inc., Khalifa Muhammad Atiq in his forceful speech demanded to know why 4,000 Jews had prior warning of the devised attack on the World Trade Center and stayed home while Muslims and Christians were kept in the dark and left to perish.
The Muslim war vet­eran quoted from Andrew Car­rington Hitchcock’s popular book, The Synagogue of Satan which stated, “On September the 11th, the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon is orchestrated by Israel with the complicity of Britain and America, under the orders of the Rothschilds (international bankers), which they in turn blame on so-called Muslim ter­rorists.
This is Stage One of get­ting the Western World, on be­half of the Jews, to go to war with the Arab world. Here lies another text­book Mossad false flag opera­tion; one should remember well their motto ‘By Way Of De­ception, Thou Shalt Do War’.”

The president of Muslim Veterans of America Inc., went on to show a glaring similar­ity with what transpired at Pearl Harbor when he quoted from the same book: “Interest­ingly, back in 1938, President Roosevelt tried his hardest to railroad the United States into the war in Europe to accom­modate the Jews in the United States and the world, but when that failed he knew he had to try a different tactic. That was, of course, what happened at Pearl Harbor.”
Today, many books state that the US had broken the Japa­nese code and had prior knowl­edge of the pending attack by the Japanese but allowed it to take place to bring about Amer­ica’s entry into the war.
Earnest Davis, the for­mer Mayor of Mount Vernon, New York, made note that the crowds stand against the rain was like unto their “stand for peace against war and terror and remarked, “Our commit­ments may not take shape and force today, or immediately, but it will take shape and the an­nals of history and will make note that today we started a move­ment that leaves behind all else and moves toward peace in the world.”
Mayor Davis was fol­lowed in the program by the distinguished Ms. Mary Yele­nick, representative of the Na­tional Catholic Social Services Lobby, who added, “What we do as a Catholic organization is what Muslims around the world have been, and still are do­ing: reaching out to others and standing strong for what is right and good and true.”
At the end of the pro­gram, as the rain came to an abrupt end, bringing forth the sun which shone fiercely, the Muslims and Christians joined hands and together with one voice repeated again, and again, Allahu Akbar (“God is Great!”)
It should be duly noted that, the inspiration for the rally took shape after both Muslims and Christians gathered earlier this year to celebrate the august birth of the Holy Last Messen­ger (peace be upon him).
It was then that both groups vowed that they were “fed up” and would stand to­gether against those who are actively instigating clashes be­tween Muslims and Christians any where in the world.
At this time, the interim board members of the United Muslim-Christian Forum are launching a worldwide mem­bership drive, and will be hold­ing a conference in the very near future.

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Solidarity and Unity: American Muslims and Christians Celebrate the Birth of the Holy Last Messenger by Khalida
June 19, 2008, 11:17 am
Filed under: Interfaith, May Volume 2008, National | Tags: , , , , ,

By Islamic Post Staff Writer

Solidarity and Unity: American Muslims and Christians Celebrate the Birth of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (Peace be upon him) to view more pictures in pdf form, click here.

solidarity_pic.jpg In a show of solidarity, Muslims and Christians joined hands to send a strong message by celebrating together the blessed birth of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) at the 1st Annual Milad Un Nabi Parade and Festival hosted by the International Quranic Open University and held in scenic upstate New York, Binghamton.

BINGHAMTON- Early last month, Muslims and Christians stood on the courthouse lawn at City Hall in Binghamton, New York to celebrate the Blessed birth of the Holy Last Messenger (Peace be upon him). The 1st Annual Milad un Nabi Parade and Festival was hosted by city officials and sponsored by the International Quranic Open University (IQOU), a group well known for their own humanitarian efforts and joint support of other charitable organizations. “This is a celebration of unity and common ground,” stated Mr. Hasib Abdul-Haqq, the Assistant Senior Public Relations officer for IQOU. “Both of these themes are values that were strongly upheld by the Holy Last Messenger (Peace be upon him) and all the other noble Prophets such as Abraham, Noah, and Jesus Son of Mary (May they all be blessed).” The Program heralded well known figures such as the Honorable Khalifa Hussein who gave the welcome address, the guest speaker, mayor of the city of Binghamton the Honorable Mr. Mathew Ryan, Reverend Douglas Taylor, Pastor Sue Shields and Diane Heron of Broome Community College. Each of the speakers discussed the significance of the gathering.

mayor_and_khalifah_sahib.jpgThe Mayor Mr. Mathew Ryan stated, “Thank you for inviting me here today and welcome to our community. Today I applaud your efforts to create a dialog, a dialog that celebrates diversity, tolerance, and understanding and unity, and I applaud the efforts of The International Quranic Open University.

I especially point to a letter from 138 Muslim scholars to the Christian community presented at the end of Ramadhan in 2007. It reads: ‘In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful a common word between us and you. Muslims and Christians together make up well over half the world’s population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world.’
The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians. The basis for this peace and understanding already exists. It is part of the very foundational principals of both faiths, love of one God and love of our neighbor. The principals are found over and over again, in the sacred texts of Islam and Christianity. The Unity of God, the necessity of love for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbor is thus the common ground between Islam and Christianity.
Of the necessity of the love of the neighbor, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him ) said: ‘None of you has faith until you love for your neighbor what you love for yourself.’ In the New Testament, Jesus Christ said: “Hear O Israel, the Lord thy God, the Lord is One and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment, and the second like it is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself, there is no other commandment greater than this.’
So today, let us celebrate these two great commandments that are the basis of both religions; we must all make a commitment to fight against those who try to make religion a vehicle for violence. At the same time we must understand that without justice there can be no peace, so let’s go forward to fight for justice in this world and peace among us all. Thank you for coming.”

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