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He also pointed out that the Holy Quran says: "Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors." Al Baqra: 190.
Interestingly, Rev. Trudy Wojahn Franzen, who introduced Khalid Saeed, was reading the English translation of the Quranic verses while he was referring to them. Khalid Saeed referred to the following verses to augument his argument:
The prohibited month for the prohibited month,- and so for all things prohibited,- there is the law of equality. If then any one transgresses the prohibition against you, Transgress ye likewise against him. But fear Allah, and know that Allah is with those who restrain themselves. Al Baqra: 194.
And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah. but if they cease, Let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression. Al Baqra: 193.
So if they dispute with thee, say: "I have submitted My whole self to Allah and so have those who follow me." And say to the People of the Book and to those who are unlearned: "Do ye (also) submit yourselves?" If they do, they are in right guidance, but if they turn back, Thy duty is to convey the Message; and in Allah's sight are (all) His servants. Al Imran: 20.
There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion... Al Baqra: 256.
Khalid Saeed referred to the Christian tradition of "breaking bread" which means to dine or eat together. It also means to share ones belongings or assets with another person, peacefully. Breaking bread is also interpreted to refer to the rite of the Lord’s Supper. During the Last Supper, described in 1 Corinthians 11:23-39, Jesus took a loaf of bread and broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” The breaking of bread at that first communion table has been re-enacted down through the centuries as a way of remembering that first celebration of both His sacrifice on the cross and the institution of the New Covenant in His blood.
The AMV President said "breaking bread" together which brings the people together. He was optimistic that interfaith events like this would bring the Muslim community closer with other faiths.
Khalid Saeed, National President of the American Muslim Voice, thanked all the AMV volunteers for making the event memorable. He particularly thanked the AMV lady volunteers without their hands on help and hard work this dinner would not have gone as smooth as it went.
He also thanked the AMV Sacramento chapter, Asif Sattar Bhai and his owned restaurant Polo Loco for providing free of cost halal BBQ chicken with trimmings in addition to a very delicious dinner from the Kabab Corner in West Sacramento.
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