Ahmadi Muslim martyred in Karachi

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Unidentified assailants killed an Ahmadi Muslim man during an unprovoked, faith-based attack in Karachi, Pakistan, on Tuesday.

Two men on motorbikes approached the house of Mr Dawood Ahmad, a 55-year old father of three, and opened fire on the practicing Ahmadi Muslim as he stood outside, waiting for a friend.

Mr Ahmad was struck by three bullets in his chest and abdomen and the assailants also fired upon of his friend, as he hurried to help him.

Both were rushed to hospitals and despite being operated on, the loss of blood overwhelmed Mr Ahmad, who embraced martyrdom.
 


His friend has received treatment and is currently in a stable condition.

Targeted killings of this kind in Karachi and other parts of Pakistan have been common in recent years with a number of similar cases in which two armed motorcyclists have fatally targeted well-known Ahmadi Muslims.

Mr Ahmad is survived by his three sons. 
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Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community returns to London

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad concludes Scandinavia tour

On 23 May 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad returned to London after a 19-day visit to Denmark and Sweden.


After leading a silent prayer, His Holiness departed from the Nasir Mosque in Gothenburg at 9am, where local Ahmadi Muslims had gathered to see him off.


Following a short flight, His Holiness returned to London and arrived at the Fazl Mosque in London at 1.40pm where he was greeted by Ahmadi Muslim men, women and children all delighted to see their spiritual leader return.

During his visit, His Holiness inaugurated the Mahmood Mosque in Malmo; addressed special receptions held in Copenhagen, Malmo and Stockholm; held numerous media interviews and held various meetings with dignitaries and politicians, as well as meeting hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims. @AhmadiyyatIslam


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Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community says true teachings of Quran being ignored in Muslim World

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad makes comments in Gothenburg as his tour of Scandinavia continues

On 20 May 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered his weekly Friday Sermon from the Nasir Mosque in Gothenburg, Sweden. 


During his address, His Holiness said that much of the world was moving away from God Almighty in favour of materialism and immorality. 


For example, His Holiness cited chapter 4, verse 94 of the Holy Quran, which outlaws murder in the strongest possible terms. His Holiness said that many Muslims were ignoring this commandment and instead mercilessly targeting one another in the various conflicts that have plagued the Muslim world.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“What is happening in Muslim countries today? We can all see how satanic influences are leading to brutality and murder. Innocent people are being slaughtered and the perpetrators claim they will be rewarded with a place in heaven. However, the Quran makes it clear that such people are bound only for hell.”

His Holiness also addressed and explained the issue of Hijab. He said that Hijab was a form of modesty taught by the Holy Quran and that there were many young Ahmadi Muslim women who took great pride in wearing headscarves and did not care if they were mocked or ridiculed. His Holiness said that such women considered observing Hijab as their personal choice, freedom and right.


During his address, His Holiness spoke of both the positive and negative effects of television and the Internet.

For example, he said that both could be used as a means of promoting morality, education and learning. However increasingly, people were engaged in watching indecent or immoral programmes leading to the breakdown of homes and unrest within families. 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The media and the modern means of communication have brought all of us much closer together. Yet most regrettably, instead of steering us towards righteousness and morality it has led to increased immorality and wrongdoing.”

The Khalifa went on to illustrate the positive alternative offered by the satellite channel of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, MTA International. He advised Ahmadi Muslims to watch the weekly Friday Sermon delivered by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as a family, as well as other broadcasts.

His Holiness also counselled Ahmadi Muslims to bring their children to their local Mosques and to involve them in the activities of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. His Holiness said that Ahmadi Muslim elders should draw younger members towards religion through love and compassion, rather than drive them away with needlessly harsh attitudes.

Concluding, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad prayed:

May we be those who bow before Allah the Almighty, who beseech Him for help and who live by the true teachings of the Holy Quran.” @AhmadiyyatIslam


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"We are peace loving people" - Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Friday, 20 May 2016

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad makes remarks during interview with Sweden’s 24Malmo news agency

On 13 May 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad was interviewed by the 24Malmo news agency at the Mahmood Mosque in Malmo, Sweden.


Asked about rumours that the terrorist group Daesh was radicalising and recruiting Muslim youths in Malmo, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“It is the duty of the Government and authorities to remain vigilant to the threat of terrorism at all times and to monitor the situation. I also think the police and authorities should be given adequate resources to stop terrorists and extremists.”

Continuing, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“As far as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is concerned none of our members are radicalised – rather we are peace loving people.”

Asked about the ongoing refugee crisis, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said it was impossible for any single country to accommodate the millions of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

As a potential solution, His Holiness cited the example of Afghan refugees given refuge in Pakistan during the 1980s who were returned to Afghanistan once peace was restored in their homeland. At that time, the major powers and international institutions supported Pakistan by providing funding and infrastructure to house the refugees.

His Holiness said that a similar model could be adopted for the Syrian and Iraqi refugees wherein neighbouring countries were provided support to take in the majority of refugees until peace was restored in their respective countries. @AhmadiyyatIslam


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Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community addresses refugee crisis during historic address in Sweden

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivers keynote address at Reception held to mark his first visit to Stockholm


On 17 May 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered the keynote address at a special reception held to mark his first ever visit to Sweden’s capital, Stockholm.

Over 60 dignitaries and guests, including various Members of Parliament attended the evening reception, which took place at the Sheraton Hotel in Stockholm city centre.


During his address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad spoke in detail about the refugee crisis that has caused uncertainty and instability to spread in Europe during the past year.

Whilst praising the Swedish Government for its “generosity” in accepting tens of thousands of refugees, His Holiness said it was essential that the refugees remained loyal to their adopted nations and sought to contribute to society as soon as possible. His Holiness also called on the United Nations and major world powers to act with justice and to strive for true and long-lasting peace in the world.


Speaking about the sudden influx of refugees into Europe from Syria and Iraq, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The refugees escaped their previous lives in the search of peace, and so now having been granted shelter and security here, it is incumbent upon them to live here peacefully and to abide by the laws of the land. All immigrants should remain entirely faithful to their adopted nation and should use all of their abilities to help their country advance and prosper.” 

His Holiness said that refugees should not be given preferential treatment over local citizens as this could lead to resentment and frustration amongst the wider society.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The Swedish people have long been known for their generosity and open-hearts but any discrimination against them could trigger a change in attitude that would undermine and threaten the peace of society. Instead of reaping the positive effects of integration and immigration, it could lead to a rise in conflict and hatred.”


Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“Absorbing so many refugees is a very delicate issue and must be handled with extreme caution and care because if there is any resentment on the part of the local people it could lead to an extremely dangerous chain reaction. The local citizens could become hostile to the refugees and in turn this could lead to the marginalisation of the immigrant population and that sense of isolation could leave some refugees vulnerable to radicalisation by extremists. If, God forbid, such extremists were able to radicalise even just a few people it would gravely threaten and undermine this nation’s peace, security and prosperity.”

His Holiness also called on Muslim clerics to play a responsible role in guiding refugees about Islam’s true teachings. 


Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Islam requires Muslims to love their country, to be loyal to it and to abide by the laws of the land. This is the message that Imams and Muslim clerics should be voicing to all of the Muslim refugees who are coming to the West. They should be reminded that they have been given a second lease of life and the opportunity to raise their children in a country that is free from war and disorder and so it is incumbent upon them to value and cherish their new home.”

Later in his address, His Holiness quoted extensively from the Holy Quran to refute allegations that Islam permitted any form of extremism or compulsion in matters of religion.

His Holiness also quoted chapter 23, verse 9 of the Holy Quran, which calls on people to fulfil their pledges and trusts. His Holiness said that he considered this to be a “universal principle” for all people and nations.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“All governments and international institutions have huge trusts placed in them and it is the duty of their leaders to ensure that they fulfil them with honesty, integrity and justice. It is the responsibility of governments and politicians to serve their people and to protect the future of their nations and they should never take this burden lightly.”


Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“The primary objectives laid out in the Charter of the United Nations are “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”, “to live together in peace” and “to maintain international peace and security”. The UN Charter specifically states that its objectives are underpinned by a desire to save mankind from the mistakes that led to the two World Wars of the 20th Century. Having undertaken this huge responsibility, the United Nations must seek to fulfill its noble objectives and truly value the peace of the world as the most significant issue of our time.”

His Holiness concluded by reiterating his fears that the world was moving away from God Almighty and closer to a destructive world war.


Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The consequences of a (world) war do not even bear thinking about. The question we should all ask ourselves is whether we desire to leave behind a better world for our children and future generations to live in? Or do we wish to hand over a legacy of warfare, bloodshed and untold sorrow and grief?” 

Earlier in the evening a welcome address was given by the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Sweden, Mr Mamoon-ur-Rashid, followed by guest remarks from Swedish Parliamentarians.

Hillevi Larsson, MP, Social Democrats said:

“I do not understand why members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are attacked because you spread a message of peace. For instance in 2010, 86 Ahmadi Muslims were killed in Lahore. What impresses me the most is that you never take revenge. The more hatred you face, the more love you give. The more war, the more peace you bring.”

Valter Mutt, MP, Green Party said:

“With peace everything is possible but without peace nothing is possible. You, Ahmadi Muslims do not only talk about peace, as some politicians do, but you are really working towards it.” 


Bengt Eliasson, MP, Liberal Party said:

“Let us mark this evening in the name of peace, understanding, democracy and equality. I thank the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for this chance to join in the course of peace and understanding.”

The event concluded with a silent prayer led by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad and later His Holiness personally met with the guests. @AhmadiyyatIslam


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Reception held to mark inauguration of Mahmood Mosque in Malmo, Sweden

Monday, 16 May 2016

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivers keynote address


On 14 May 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered the keynote address at a special reception held to mark the inauguration of the Mahmood Mosque (Mosque of the Praiseworthy) in Malmo, Sweden.

The Mosque, which is the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s second Mosque in Sweden, was officially opened a day earlier when His Holiness delivered his weekly Friday Sermon. 


Over 80 dignitaries and guests, including the Malmo’s City Council Chairman attended the lunchtime reception. 

During his address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad spoke in detail about the true purposes of a Mosque; he condemned all forms of terrorism and extremism and spoke about the humanitarian work being conducted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in various parts of the world. 


Speaking about Mosques misused to spread extremism or to radicalise, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Any Mosque from where evil is spread does not have any place in Islam. The Quran is very clear that Mosques built with ill-intent should be knocked down.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

Some of the extremist Muslim groups have now also penetrated Europe and their members are living in these countries and posing a grave threat to the peace and well-being of this Continent. What they are doing has nothing to do with the true teachings of Islam and so all of us who desire peace must stand up and unite against these dark forces that seek to divide mankind.”


In contrast, His Holiness said that Mosques built by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community were true ‘Houses of Peace’ in which people gathered together to worship God Almighty.
  
Referring to the Mahmood Mosque in Malmo, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 “It is quite natural to fear the unknown and so the neighbours may well be concerned that the peace and security of their hometown may be disturbed now that this Mosque has been opened. However, based on the Islam that I know and follow, let me reassure you that this Mosque will prove itself to be a fountain of peace, from which only everlasting springs of love and compassion will gush forth.” 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“A basic purpose of a Mosque is to serve as a place for Muslims to offer their prayers and in Arabic the word for prayer is ‘As-Salat’ which in essence means ‘compassion, love and mercy’. Consequently, a Muslim who offers his prayers with sincerity is a person who is kind, caring and merciful and he or she is a person who strives to stay away from immorality, illegal activity and all forms of evil.”

His Holiness said that Ahmadi Muslims were committed to building Mosques throughout the world and that wherever they were built they were soon welcomed by the wider society. 


Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“We have built thousands of Mosques globally and we have always seen that the fears of the local people soon eradicate when they get to know us and they come to value, appreciate and welcome us as an integral part of the society. Any initial fears quickly dissipate and instead our neighbours come to cherish our presence and the message of peace that reverberates in all directions from our Mosques.” 

The Khalifa also mentioned how the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was providing a range of humanitarian services, including healthcare and education to people living in the most deprived parts of the world.


His Holiness said that all such services were provided irrespective of a person’s faith or background and also informed that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was engaged in projects aimed at providing running water to people living in destitution and poverty.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

Living here in the West, where our water taps and showers are constantly flowing, it is incredibly difficult to comprehend the true value of water. It is only when you visit the most isolated parts of Africa and you see with your own eyes young children walking many kilometres each day in order to fill water basins, which they then balance on their heads and bring home, that you realise just what a precious commodity water really is.” 

Regarding the teachings of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“We Ahmadi Muslims believe our Founder to be the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi. Brandishing only a spiritual torch, he shined an eternal light upon Islam’s glorious and everlasting teachings.”

Concluding, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

We must make every effort to engender peace, so that we do not bequeath upon our children the gift of a broken and tormented world. Rather, we must ensure that we leave behind a legacy of a peaceful and prosperous world for our future generations to live in.”

Earlier, a range of dignitaries also addressed the audience, including a welcome address by the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Sweden, Mr Mamoon-ur-Rashid. 


Chairman City Council Malmo, Kent Andersson said:

“Today is a historic day with the opening of the Mahmood Mosque here in Malmo.”

Professor Catarina Kinnvall, Lund University said:

“Your message is of ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’ which is the message of Ahmadiyyat is a message that you stand for in the defence of education, equality, tolerance, secular laws and religious freedom.”

The event concluded with a silent prayer led by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad and later His Holiness personally met with the non-Ahmadi guests. @AhmadiyyatIslam


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