Mohd Qayyoom, head of the Muhammadi Community Center in Jackson Heights, Queens, said he believes having a national celebration for the prophet’s birthday would enable the growing Muslim population in America to have an annual celebration and would foster a spirit of cooperation with those of other faiths.
Times Ledger “We’ll give the message of peace, we’ll give the message of interfaith harmony,” Qayyoom said.
Since the Islamic calendar is lunar, Muslim holidays are never held on the same day each year. But the historical birthday of Mohammad is April 26, 570. Qayyoom said holding a national celebration on that day will allow American Muslims to celebrate at the same time every year.
While Qayyoom plans to formally announce his campaign April 22 at the second planned Interfaith Harmony and World Peace event in Jackson Heights, he said he is already starting it. He said he has contacted Jackson Heights’ elected officials and plans to reach out to leaders of other faiths.
“Everywhere I’m talking, they’re welcoming it,” Qayyoom said. (There are a lot of left wing loons in NYC)
One of Qayyoom said if Muslims have a holiday when they can hold parades and games every year and their non-Muslim neighbors can celebrate, it can bring an understanding between the peoples. (Oh, please, what kind of drugs is this guy on?)
“Prophet Muhammad said, ‘I am not the prophet of only Muslims. I am the prophet of all human beings,’” he said. (Since when are Muslims human beings?)
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