Bedrock is peace and enlightenment
EACH day the news is filled with stories of hate, strife and conflict.
In a year when we commemorate 100 years of the Great War and the incalculable losses it brought, it is a tragedy that we continue to live in a world plagued by conflict.
At the end of August, I and tens of thousands of others from across the country went to a unique event where we pledged to make a difference.
It is a pledge we make each year and annually the ranks of people around the world joining us are increasing.
For we are a community that, since its inception in the 19th century, has renounced war, religious conflict and hatred and devoted ourselves to the cause of peace and universal brotherhood.
We are all members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, which has also recently celebrated 100 years in Britain – a fact made all the more poignant with the centenary of the First World War.
The convention, called the Jalsa Salana, is the oldest and largest Muslim convention of its kind in the UK.
The focal point of the event is addresses by His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, head of worldwide Ahmadiyya Community, who is our Caliph.
He leads a community that brings together people from different races and social backgrounds united in Islam, and a particular branch of the faith that has peace and enlightenment as its bedrock.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is founded on an ethos of our motto of ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’, of service to humanity and charity.
When we proclaim that Islam means peace, we set an example of this fact in our daily lives.
No individual should perceive a threat from us by our words or actions if we are to remain true to Islam.