Ahmadiyya Muslims Find a Home in Norcross

August 3, 2005

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


On August 3, 2005 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, "As members of a little-known Muslim sect trickled out of a Norcross mosque last month, an ominous-looking silver Mercedes circled in the parking lot. Scrawled across the windshield in Urdu and English was a string of insults, including the word 'kafir,' or infidel... It was an all-too-familiar scene for the Pakistan-born Khan and others in the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, a persecuted sect whose members are known as 'Ahmadis.' Orthodox Muslims consider Ahmadis heretics for believing Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) was a prophet foretold by the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century. Most of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims believe Muhammad was the last prophet. Ahmadis can be thrown in jail for claiming to be Muslim in Pakistan and have faced violence in other countries with large Muslim populations... Attacks on Ahmadis are relatively rare in the United States, however. And aside from the Mercedes incident, the Norcross mosque has had a peaceful existence since it opened three years ago. Bait-ul-Baqi, which means 'House of the Everlasting God,' is the only Ahmadi mosque in Georgia and one of 39 Ahmadi institutions in the United States listed on the movement's Web site."