Interfaith Peace Symposium held in Norcross
On March 7th, 2020, Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Auxiliary (AMWA) - Georgia Chapter organized the first Interfaith Peace Symposium at their mosque Baitul Ata in Norcross, Georgia.
This symposium was organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) to bring women from diverse backgrounds together under a unified theme of peace. The objective was to highlight the role of women in achieving peace not only in their daily lives, but also within their communities.
The Symposium started with a presentation on AMWA by Saima Ahmad. As part of her presentation, Ahmad showed a video of a 17-year-old Ahmadi Muslim girl who opened her mosque door and ushered in students running from an alleged stabbing/shooting at their Wisconsin high school and letting in dozens before she herself went in. Ahmad said that sometimes heroes wear hijab (head covering). And added, “We are scientists, engineers, students, writers, doctors, and survivors of persecution. We hold food drives, blood drives, coat drives and strive to promote peace.”
AMWA-GA Chapter President Mehmooda Rehman presenting a favor to Laura Friedman.
Introduction about AMC was then given by Amtul Muid who welcomed guests, and said that without justice, there can be no peace and that AMC motto, “Love for all, Hatred for None” speaks for it. Mehmooda Rehman, president of AMWA-GA Chapter, welcomed all guests and said that God is pleased when His creation shows love for each other.
(Left) Speaker Neeru Singh.
The first speaker of the program was Neeru Singh, who said that Sikhs also believe in one creator, and that for her, peace means to respect oneself and others. Laura Friedman from Temple Beth David said, “We are here in solidarity, even though we are different.” She said peace and religion can be beneficial if we express ourselves peacefully.
Guests recorded their comments about the event. One of the guests said, “very well organized and my favorite was to see the Qur’an in different languages. I cannot believe that it was free and I will be attending next year.” Tami Olsen said, “AMWA members worked hard in preparing for it and speakers did a fabulous job.” Tamara Jones said, “Just a note of gratitude. Very informative. It’s a wonderful spirit here.” A total of 125 women attended the event.
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