WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Local Muslim Group Speaks Out Against Attempted Federal Reserve Attack

Play associated audio

A Muslim group is speaking out and condemning the attempted terrorist attack on the New York Federal Reserve building, where Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a 21-year-old Bangladeshi national, believed he was detonating a 1,000-pound bomb in lower Manhattan's financial district.

Naseem Mahdi is a leader of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA and lives in Silver Spring, Md. He says what happened in New York could have happened here.

"Through the internet, all these clerics sitting in Afghanistan or Pakistan or Yemen or Somalia they are reaching out to our youth, so this is a serious threat," says Madhi.

Mahdi says the local Ahmadiyya community is working to quell that threat.

"We again and again in our sermons, in our speeches, in our talk, tell our youth, tell our members, we are promoting this forcefully that for God's sake come to the senses," says Madhi. "This is not Islam, this is not the Qu'ran."

The group says its also placed ads on the Metro and passed out fliers promoting peace.

"We have to stop them, and keep on working, and this is I think the real jihad is against these kinds of ideas," he says.

Mahdi says a large part of combating this extremism is reaching out to Muslim youth and continuing to teach them that Islam is a peaceful religion.


Rapid Learners: How Pixar Animators Created A Very Scary River

What would a small dinosaur look like in Class V rapids? That's the question Pixar filmmakers had to answer for their film The Good Dinosaur. So they piled into a raft to figure it out for themselves.

We Tried A Futuristic Cranberry. It Was Fresh And Naturally Sweet

Cranberry breeders in Wisconsin have developed a berry that's tart but also sweet, like a Granny Smith apple. They say the variety isn't ready for production but could one day become a fresh product.

Downed Russian Military Jet Heightens Debate Over Syria No-Fly Zone

Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and others are supporting the idea of a no-fly zone over Syria to try to help civilians there. But skeptics say it no longer has any relevance to today's Syrian crisis.

Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.