Bedrock is peace and en­light­en­ment

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - BI­LAL KHAN Sec­re­tary, ex­ter­nal af­fairs Ah­madiyya Mus­lim As­so­ci­a­tion of Hilling­don Royal Lane Hilling­don

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.

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