While serving Thanksgiving meals as a volunteer at a local community center, a fellow volunteer remarked “So you are doing the ‘American’ thing?’ ” Taken aback, I politely elaborated on how being American is perfectly congruent to being a Muslim. It was not a clichéd reply.
My organization, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, is engaged in dozens of community-building initiatives on a local level. Serving mankind regardless of faith or creed is fundamental to our purpose. When we serve in our local community, it is merely an extension of our civic engagements on the national and international level.
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