New CIC board member Muzaffar Ahmad
New CIC board member Muzaffar Ahmad was born in Pakistan and has lived in Indianapolis since 2000. He has a master’s degree in Computer Sciences earned in Pakistan, an MBA from the University of Indianapolis, and a Certified Project Manager certification.
Muzaffar lives with his wife and two daughters in Fishers. When he is not working or at the gym, he loves to spend time with his family and volunteer. He has worked for religious, cultural, disaster relief and public speaking organizations. He has been the treasurer and spokesperson for the Indiana Chapter of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community since 2001. He has also served as president and general secretary of the Pakistan American Friendship Association, regional coordinator for Humanity First, board member for Seeds of Learning, and a member of Spiritual Oneness group. Muzaffar loves playing cricket and squash and watching the Indianapolis Colts win football games.
Muzaffar has spoken about Islam at several churches and universities throughout Indiana and has been on several radio and TV programs promoting Islam as a religion of peace, just like other major religions of the world. His message for Hoosiers is that our enemy is extremism, not Islam. He has also written several articles in the Indianapolis Star educating readers about the peaceful teachings of Islam.
Growing up in Pakistan, Muzaffar was persecuted for his religion. Several of his community lost their freedom, careers, and lives due to their faith. His own brother was killed for belonging to the family’s religion, the peace loving Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. These experiences motivate Muzaffar to speak about his faith and religion in general. He believes that it’s not due to religion that people hate each other. It is because people use religion to hate. He wants to harness the immense power of religion to promote peace, understanding and cooperation among those who may look, dress, speak or believe differently.
There shall be no compulsion in the religion
Faith matters, but humanity comes first
Love for all, Hatred for none
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.