The awning of Bait-ul-Tahir mosque in Bensonhurst reads "Love for all, hatred for none." These are fitting words to live by for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community – a minority group of approximately 3,000 of the hundreds of thousands of Muslims living in New York City – who are often barraged for their beliefs by the Sunni Muslim majority in countries like Pakistan.
The community was shaken when back in October, three Ahmadi Muslims were sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. Imam Daud Hanif addressed a somber crowd during Friday's Jumu'ah noon prayer on November 10th. Thousands of miles of away, some Ahmadis still feel worried.
"This is not the first time that Ahmadi Muslims faced persecution," said Salima Ahmed, 57, who teaches at the mosque, located on W 8th Street just off Bay Parkway in the historically Italian-American neighborhood.