OSHKOSH (WFRV) Like others old enough to recall September 11, 2001, Ahmed Khan was driving to classes at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County when he heard of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon."
Khan came to the United States from Pakistan when he was five-years old. He's one of about 50 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Oshkosh. The community converted a former funeral home into a mosque to meet growing needs. Those plans met with some opposition during zoning hearings. But the community was able to alleviate neighbors' concerns. Khan says he was never threatened in the days following the attacks. But he did find himself answering hostile questions about his faith."
"Usually, even if I met somebody who was feeling negative, it always ended up in a positive argument," Khan said.
The Ahmadiyya community has also been involved in various interfaith outreaches like a September 7th blood drive with First Congregational Church, 137 Algoma Boulevard, in the church basement. Another is set for September 11th at the Qmar Mosque, 300 N. Eagle. Community members hope to show shared values between differing faiths.
"We all felt bad for what happened on 9/11 and we can all relate. We had friends or family or just country men who died on that day," said Amtul Sara, a native of Pakistan, who now serves as President of the Ahmadiyya Women's Group.
Ahmadiyya Community members hope their neighbors understand that the 9/11 attacks were all at the hands they of terrorists...not Muslims.