Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community addresses National Refresher Course for Office Bearers of Lajna Imaillah UK

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad emphasises the importance of Ahmadi Muslim office bearers to lead by example and to never bear any complex in relation to their faith

On 4th December 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered the concluding address at the National Refresher Course for Office Bearers ofLajna Imaillah UK, the ladies auxiliary organisation of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

The two-day event, held at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London and attended by over 1,400 Ahmadi women, was aimed at encouraging and improving positive work ethic amongst the office bearers of Lajna Imaillah

His Holiness began his address by stating that office bearers must seek to serve God Almighty with sincerity at all times.  

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“You must always remember that offering one’s services for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community can never prove blessed unless it is conducted solely for the sake of attaining the pleasure of Allah the Almighty and is based upon righteousness.” 

Emphasising the need for office bearers to lead by example, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: 

“As office bearers, it falls upon you to hold aloft the light of Taqwa (righteousness) to guide others through the dark. And for you to illuminate the path for others in this way, it is necessary that your own conduct is exemplary and according to the teachings and principles of Islam.”

His Holiness particularly emphasized the need to adopt humility and avoid arrogance. 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Certainly, those Ahmadi Muslims who have been entrusted with responsibilities in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and whose duty it is to ensure the moral and spiritual education and well-being of the members of the Community, can never be successful if they fall prey to arrogance or consider themselves to be superior in any way.”  

The Caliph mentioned the need for office bearers to fulfill the responsibilities within their homes and said they should set the best examples for their family members. 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: 

“Office bearers must be role models in terms of the worship of Allah the Almighty. They must set the best example of morality and virtue within their homes for their own children to learn from. Indeed, office bearers should seek to ensure that their homes remain peaceful, virtuous and havens of spiritual contentment.”

Whilst speaking about the importance for Ahmadi Muslim women to feel proud of the teachings of Islam, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“In terms of your religion, you must not feel any type of embarrassment or hold an inferiority complex regarding any issue or Islamic teaching. Rather, you should be proud of your religion and openly practice and preach its teachings through your words and deeds. This is not exclusive to office bearers, but they certainly have a particular duty to set the best example in this regard.”

His Holiness also drew the attention of the office bearers towards avoiding bad company and gatherings as it went against the essence of righteousness. 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: 

“Righteousness requires a person does not sit in those gatherings where Allah the Almighty or His Messenger (peace be upon him) are insulted in any way. Indeed, believers should abstain from all gatherings where people are mocked or spoken ill of.” 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“For instance, it is completely wrong to remain present when people speak against one’s brother or sister, even if they do not personally take an active part in the discussion. In the sight of Allah, merely to sit silently whilst such discussions are taking place is against the principle of righteousness.” 

Whilst dealing with the issue of balancing their work for the community and family commitments, His Holiness advised that Lajna Imaillah office bearers should discuss the matter with their spouses to carefully strive for a convenient schedule.   

His Holiness said that on occasions where women office bearers are busy in their work for Lajna Imaillah, their husbands should not make an issue of this. 

However, His Holiness said this must not lead to the Lajna Imaillah office bearers becoming complacent in their responsibilities towards their children. 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: 

“Never forget that as mothers, your primary duty is to personally ensure the moral training of your children and to raise them according to the teachings of Islam. Thus, as much as possible, you should be at home when your children come back from school.”  

Continuing, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“It should not be that outside of your home, you are involved in Lajna work and are amongst those who are considered an example for others, yet within the confines of your own four walls you are failing in your duties of doing the moral and spiritual training of your own children.”

Drawing the attention of the attendees towards the importance of developing their spirituality and righteousness, His Holiness said that seeking knowledge by reading the Holy Quran is extremely important to achieve this. 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

All office bearers must regularly recite the Holy Quran and seek its knowledge and understanding. You should see what the Quran advocates and what it prohibits and only then will you be in a position to set an example for others to follow. Only then will your words have weight and influence on others.”

Recounting the vision of the Second Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ur-din Mahmood Ahmad, who founded the auxiliary organisation of Lajna Imaillah, His Holiness said that Lajna events should be platforms for “stimulating and thought provoking” events. 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: 

“You should hold regular religious discussions, seminars and talks that are conducted in a way that is interesting to people of all ages and backgrounds.  Furthermore, every office bearer should manifest the highest standards of love for Allah the Almighty, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him).” 

Concluding his address, His Holiness prayed:

“May Allah grant all of you the ability to fulfil your responsibilities in the very best way. May Allah continue to shower His blessings upon Lajna Imaillah. Ameen.” 

The refresher course included numerous workshops, talks and presentations to discuss and share good practices of the various departments of Lajna Imaillah. 

The secretaries of Nasirat-ul-Ahmadiyya, the children’s wing of Lajna Imaillah were also asked to vote on one of 5 charities that would be supported by Nasirat-ul-Ahmadiyya across the UK. The charity “War Child” was selected as their national charity for the year. @AhmadiyyatIslam

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"Storm clouds forewarning us of a Third World War are getting heavier by the day" - Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad says role of world leaders is to “bring people together rather than threaten to ban Muslims from entering their nations” during Calgary Peace Symposium

On 11 November 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered the keynote address at the Calgary Peace Symposium, hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada. 

More than 800 people, including over 650 dignitaries and guests attended the event including Canada’s former Prime Minister, Right Honourable Stephen Harper, the Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi and Irfan Sabir, Provincial Minister of Human Services. Also attending were various senior representatives of the First Nations community, leading academics and media. 

Prior to the event, His Holiness held a meeting with Rt Hon Stephen Harper, during which the former Prime Minister thanked His Holiness for the continued commitment of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to spreading peace and for its humanitarian efforts. 

During the main reception, His Holiness spoke of the increasing uncertainty in the world and warned of the risks of a Third World War. He condemned Muslim extremists and terrorists in the strongest terms and stated that their acts were completely against the teachings of Islam. 

His Holiness quoted several verses of the Holy Quran and incidents from the life of the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) that attested to the peaceful teachings of Islam. His Holiness also referenced the writings of non-Muslim academics in relation to the teachings of Islam.

Speaking about the need for peace in the world, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

Everyone appreciates that the world stands in great need of peace and harmony, yet despite comprehending this, it seems as though people are unwilling to take the necessary steps to achieve it. Regrettably, in many parts of the world, far greater priority is being given, either directly or indirectly, towards asserting dominance and supremacy over others and satisfying a craving for power and authority.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“Some of you may question what a Muslim leader can say about establishing world peace, given that the disorder in today’s world revolves primarily around Muslim countries or so-called Islamic groups… However, before casting judgement, it is essential that people are familiar with Islam’s true teachings. No one should assume that the acts of extremists or terrorists are in accordance with Islam.” 

His Holiness spoke of how the failure of Governments to uphold the rights of the people and the subsequent rise of terrorism and extremism had led to the breakdown of a number of Muslim countries. He said the root cause for the lack of peace was the lack of fairness and justice. 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Previously successful nations have been torn apart and immersed in calamitous civil wars. All of this conflict and warfare is based upon the fact that the majority of Muslims have forgotten the true teachings of their religion and are failing to fulfil the rights of one another. Rather than manifesting justice and integrity, they are motivated solely by greed and a desire for power. Tragically, the end result is that peace is being eroded, as restlessness entrenches itself amongst the masses.”

Regarding the standards of justice that Islam requires of Muslims, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The Quran states that a person should be ready to testify against himself or his loved ones in order to uphold the truth. It is very easy to say that “I am ready to speak against myself”, however to practically live up to this standard is incredibly difficult. Yet, this is the target and challenge that Allah the Almighty has laid down to the Muslims, wherein He has said that true justice cannot transpire until a person is willing to set aside all personal interests.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“If practiced, this unique principle is the means of establishing peace, not just in Muslim countries, but in every village, every town, every city and in every nation of the world.”

The Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community explained the reason why early Muslims were permitted to engage in defensive warfare following years of sustained persecution. He said that permission was granted by Allah the Almighty in order to protect the right of freedom of belief of all people of all faiths. 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“It is a great manifestation of the enlightened teachings of Islam that the Quran did not grant the Muslims permission to fight in order to protect Islam, or out of a fear that all Mosques would be demolished. Rather, permission was granted to protect all religions and all places of worship, whether churches, temples, synagogues, mosques or any others.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“The early Muslims did not risk their lives to defend themselves, but to shield mankind itself, and to uphold the universal values of freedom of conscience and belief. Those Muslims risked their lives in order to push back against the hand of oppression that sought to destroy the peace of the world.” 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said the blame for the world’s conflicts could not be completely pinned on Muslims. He stated that certain non-Muslim nations had manufactured and sold weapons to Muslim nations, which were then being used to fuel wars. 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Instead of bringing an end to the wars plaguing the Muslim world, the major powers are actually further igniting them. Rather than prioritising peace, they have continually sought to influence and even profit from warfare.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“The reality is that the wars taking place today are not fought for religious reasons but are being fought for geo-political purposes and for the sake of obtaining wealth and power.”

The Caliph continued by warning of the risks of another world war, which he said would prove “catastrophic”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Storm clouds forewarning us of a Third World War are getting heavier by the day. The effects of such a war would last for decades to come. Generation after generation of children would, more than likely, be born crippled or with genetic defects due to the lasting effects of the radiation.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“It is the urgent need of the time for mankind to work towards safeguarding our future. Instead of only blaming Muslims for the global disorder, the world’s major powers should also take a step back and look at themselves. Rather than publicity-seeking politicians stating their intentions to ban Muslims from entering their nations, the world needs leaders who are sincere in their efforts to bridge the differences that divide us.”

Concluding, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Governments and policy makers should realise the immense weight of their duties as custodians of the world. They should strive earnestly to ensure that those who follow us are not born disabled or raised in a broken world, but are born healthy, happy and into a world of ever greater peace and harmony.”

Earlier, following a welcome address by Mr. Lal Khan Malik, the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, various dignitaries took to the stage to welcome His Holiness to Canada. 

The Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi said:

“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been in Canada now for 50 years and it is a day to give thanks for all that the community does because this community, perhaps more than many others, understands that that fight against intolerance and small mindedness is a fight for us all. This community understands that building community together every single day ultimately enriches every single one of us.” 

Rt Hon, Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada, said:

“Throughout my term as Prime Minister, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was among one of the best partners that we ever worked with… As elsewhere in the world, Ahmadi Muslims in Canada are known for their devotion to peace, universal brotherhood and the will of God - the true principles, the core principles of true Islam. And for serving the greater good in so many ways, not just in Canada, but wherever Ahmadis live in the world. When you as Ahmadis take your public space in the public square and you proclaim, love for all, hatred for none, you are in the most essential way a partner, a neighbour, a friend for all Canadians.”

Irfan Sabir, Provincial Minister of Human Services, said:

“Over the past few weeks, in his travels across Canada, His Holiness (Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad) has been spreading the message of ‘Love for all, Hatred for none’. He has inspired Canadians with his courageous call for peace and compassion.”

Darshan Kang, Federal Member of Parliament, said: 

“Those of us who have had the pleasure of meeting and working with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community know the tremendous contribution the Ahmadi Muslims have made in the Canadian society. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community stands apart in embodying those values each of us holds dear as Canadians.”

Following the conclusion of the event, His Holiness was also welcomed by a delegation from the First Nations community. The indigenous elders gave His Holiness a traditional welcome according to their customs and thereafter had a private audience with him.

The Calgary Peace Symposium was the final public reception of the current Canadian tour of His Holiness. During the preceding weeks, His Holiness has also delivered keynote addresses at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, York University, the Canada Peace Symposium and Mosque openings in Regina and Lloydminster. @AhmadiyyatIslam

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"No need to fear true Mosques" - Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Friday, 11 November 2016

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurates new Mosque in Lloydminster, Canada

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that on 5 November 2016, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), inaugurated the Baitul Amman Mosque in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan in Canada. 

Upon arrival at the Mosque, His Holiness unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening, which was followed by a silent prayer. Thereafter, His Holiness led the Maghreb and Isha prayers from the new Mosque. 

The following day, 6 November 2016, a special reception was held to mark the opening of the new Mosque in which Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered the keynote address. 

During his address, His Holiness spoke of the true purpose of mosques and how the new Mosque would not only be a place to worship God Almighty, but would also prove a means of serving and protecting all people. 

His Holiness said that at a time when there was widespread fear of Islam, it was a sign of open heartedness and “extraordinary courage” that the guests had attended an Islamic event. 

His Holiness then explained in detail the true objectives of building Mosques.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The Arabic word for Mosque is ‘Masjid’ and this word literally means a place for people to congregate in complete humility and submission in order to worship God Almighty. If a person enters a Mosque with this meek spirit, considering himself to be worthless, he can never wish any type of harm on others or be the cause of discord or animosity.” 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“A Muslim who offers his prayers with humility is a person who is kind, caring and merciful and who strives to stay away from immorality, illegal activity and all forms of evil. Rather than promoting disorder or division, Mosques are a means of bringing people together in humility for the worship of their Creator.”

His Holiness quoted chapter 5, verse 3 of the Holy Quran, which states, “And let not the enmity of a people that they hindered you from the Sacred Mosque, incite you to transgress.”

 Explaining this verse, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Here, Allah the Almighty prohibited those early Muslims who had been mercilessly persecuted from responding unjustly or transgressing against their oppressors, even though they had sought to prevent them from entering the Holy Kaabah, the Sacred Mosque, which is the most revered place in Islam.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“Consequently, the Holy Quran has laid down an unprecedented standard of tolerance, justice and forbearance for Muslims to abide by, wherein they are duty-bound to act righteously, with grace and fairness, even to those who seek to deny them their religious freedom… Therefore, let it be clear that there is no need to fear true Mosques because they are not places of vengeance or hatred but are abodes of peace, harmony and unity built for the sake of worshipping God Almighty.” 

His Holiness also quoted chapter 4, verse 37 of the Holy Quran which calls on Muslims to show kindness towards “parents, and to kindred, and orphans, and the needy, and to the neighbour who is a kinsman and the neighbour who is a stranger, and the companion by your side.”

Commenting on this verse, the Caliph said that it required Muslims to lovingly serve all of mankind, irrespective of colour, caste or creed.

His Holiness said that Mosques of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community reflected the Quranic spirit of benevolence and were built with the dual objectives of fulfilling the rights of God Almighty and also fulfilling the rights of mankind. 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 “Our Mosques are built with the purpose of bringing people together and serving our neighbours and the local society. Our Mosques are beacons of light radiating peace, love and humanity. Wherever we have built Mosques or we have established Ahmadi communities we seek to alleviate the suffering of the local people because Allah the Almighty has linked the fulfillment of His rights with the fulfillment of the rights of humanity. Our faith teaches us that our worship and our prayers are worthless if we fail to love, support and cherish those around us.” 

His Holiness gave the example of the charitable initiatives in Africa where the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was providing clean drinking water, healthcare and education by building water pumps, hospitals and schools in some of the most deprived parts of the world.

Explaining the positive effects of the humanitarian endeavours of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: 

“Instead of carrying earthen vessels upon their heads for hours on end, those children are now being educated in schools that our community has established. We are seeking to free them from the bondage of their poverty and help them stand upon their own feet so that they can grow to serve not only their families but also their nations.” 

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued: 

“We consider it to be our good fortune to remove the heavy weight of desperation from the shoulders of such disadvantaged people. This is true Islam, wherein apart from worshipping God Almighty, Muslims strive earnestly to provide comfort to others.” 

Concluding his address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that the local people who lived near the Mosque would soon come to see that the new Mosque would prove to be a “centre of peace for all of mankind”.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad prayed: 

“I pray that our neighbours and indeed all members of the society come to see and witness for themselves the highest standards of benevolence, care and consideration from the local Ahmadi Muslims. And I pray that that we are never a cause of pain or concern for anyone. I am confident that the local Ahmadi Muslims will act upon this and will strive to serve humanity with selflessness and open hearts.”

Before the keynote address, a welcome address was given by the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada, Lal Khan Malik followed by remarks by the Mayor-elect of Lloydminster, Mr. Gerard Albers who welcomed Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad to the city. Thereafter, various other dignitaries also took to the stage. 

Colleen Young, MLA Saskatchewan Province said:

“Your Holiness, under your leadership, we can see and we can feel in our province and in my constituency and in our city, how the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is engaged to serve humanity… Here in Canada and Saskatchewan, we share your vision of love for all and hatred for none.”

Jason Kenney, Former Federal Minister of Integration and Federal Minister of Defence, said: 

“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada is a community that is a model for integration for maintaining its faith and identity, in the Canadian model of pluralism. A community that is fully Muslim and fully Canadian and is therefore a wonderful example to newcomers from across the world.” 

John Gormley, former politician and current host of a well-known radio talk show said: 

“In terms of community outreach, in terms of civic engagement, in terms of building a better Canada, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s national outreach is absolutely an inspiration for us.” 

Both prior to and after the reception, His Holiness met personally with a number of guests and also held a press conference with local media representatives. @AhmadiyyatIslam

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