Finding common ground for peace was the focus of a recent event at Loyola University that brought together local officials with Islamist leaders.
“True Islam and the Extremists,” an event in conjunction with a national campaign to promote a “correct” meaning of Islam, was sponsored by the Loyola University Muslim Student Association and the New Orleans Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Featured speakers included Jeffery Sallet, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New Orleans Division; Kenneth Polite, Jr., U. S. Attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana; and Imam Mubasher Ahmed, New Orleans Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
“The FBI New Orleans Division is proud to stand in partnership with Ahmadiyya Muslim Center, as well as other Louisiana based Muslim communities, and demonstrate a unified presence against all forms of radicalization and terrorism,” Sallet said. “Through joint community outreach and one-on-one liaison meetings, we have built a relationship built on trust and communication.”
Polite praised the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for its commitment to promoting peace and fighting terrorism.
“The Department of Justice seeks to protect the civil rights of all residents, regardless of race, gender, and especially religion,” Polite said. “We do so in the spirit of a universal concept, one that is shared by all religions and stands as the motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community: ‘Love for All, and Hatred for None.'”
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