Diocesan Convention: Western Massachusetts 117 Bishop Fisher expressed his joy at having opportunities to meet with faith leaders throughout the region. He introduced Dr. Mohammad Saleem Bajwa, Founding Member of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts. Dr. Bajwa brought greetings…
The Respected Wisam Abdul-Baki, Imam of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts, brought warm greetings of peace from the Muslim community. He spoke about our commonalities, our appreciation of coming together in faith without fear. He spoke of common beliefs in the Muslim and Christian communities—most importantly that we are all connected to God.,,more: https://www.diocesewma.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Journal-of-2016-Convention.pdf
The walk had numerous highlights. Here are just three. I was blessed to walk through West Springfield with Wissam Abdul Baki, the Imam of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts. After his warm welcome at the mosque we were able to share thoughts and prayers about our faith traditions.
Abdul-Baki is referring to the many times in recent decades that extremist factions have hijacked the image of Islam for military and political purposes. “Those people do not represent Muslims,” he says. “My religion stands for the freedom of people to choose. God created you free, and people need to be free. Liberty, equality, freedom, justice — these are essential parts of my faith. Not violence.”…more: valleyadvocate