Ahmadiyya Muslims host panel on peace at annual Iftar dinner in New Jersey

Panelists discuss issues of peace at the April 1, 2023, annual Iftar dinner of the Ahmadiyya community of Central Jersey held in Old Bridge. Photo: courtesy organizers

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community of Central Jersey chapter hosted the Annual Iftar Dinner at Baitul Hadi Mosque, Old Bridge, NJ on Saturday, April 1, 2023. The event was hosted by Public Affairs Director Belal Khalid. More than 350 attendees were present at the event, according to a press release from organizers.

A Panel discussion led by Moderator Tarik Sharif, was the highlight of the event. The discussion was on “A Universal Message of Peace and Security. How to Establish Peace?”

The following panelists took part in the discussion:

Senator Samuel  D. Thompson – State Senator NJ, 12th Legislative District; Sadaf Jaffer – New Jersey’s 16th District Assemblywoman and the first Muslim woman to serve as mayor in the United States; Pastor Gideon A. Uzomechina, director of Global Missions of the Anglican Diocese of Church of the Messiah in Plainfield, NJ; Mayor Owen Henry of Old Bridge, NJ; and honorary guest Alice Brown, director of Public Affairs at St.Thomas Catholic Church of Old Bridge.

The panelists’ shared their views on the topic of “Peace and Security” answering insightful questions from the moderator, about their definition of peace and its importance, the challenges of maintaining peace and tolerance among people in the community and the lessons learned during their experience, and finally, their recipe to being peaceful in life.

Organizers said they hoped to continue the event for years to come. The guests also appreciated the recognition of women and the Jamaat’s inclusivity, the press release said.



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