Kids4Peace mourns the loss of Ahmad Amara (1927-2014)

Fr. Josh Thomas —  February 20, 2014 — 3 Comments

2010-10-31 17.06.13 copyKids4Peace mourns the loss of Ahmad Amara, who died last week at age 87.  Ahmad was the Muslim advisor for Kids4Peace North Carolina and served as an activist for peace and interfaith understanding until his last days.

Ahmad was born in Jaffa, Palestine in 1927 to a devout Muslim family. He studied in Edinburgh, Beirut, Madrid and London and had a global career as a scientist and business leader, before settling in Asheville, North Carolina.

Most recently, he was a teacher in the community on topics like Islam: Religion and Politics, Myths and Realities; History of Medieval Spain; Islam: Faith & Way of Life; Middle East Contemporary Affairs; History of the Middle East; and History of the Arab People.

Ahmad was a wise and generous peacemaker, and Kids4Peace will miss him deeply.

Fr. Josh Thomas


Executive Director (USA) of Kids4Peace International. Presbyter, The Episcopal Church.

3 responses to Kids4Peace mourns the loss of Ahmad Amara (1927-2014)


    الله يرحمه ويسكنه اوسعجناته


    – זִכרוֹנוֹ לִברָכָה – God rest his soul – الله يرحمه ويجعل مثواه الجنة


    I have known and worked with Ahmad over the past ten years as one passionately committed to the work of peace, interfaith relations, and world understanding. He was an especially vital part of the Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, where I worked with him on interfaith worship events. We will deeply miss not only what he did among us but the kind of person he was — compassionate, truthful, kind, and wise. I hope we all can embody this spirit in the work ahead.

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