Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community lays foundation stone for new Mosque in Pfungstadt, Germany

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

  Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad says Allah the Almighty continues to fulfil revelation “I shall cause thy message to reach the corners of the earth”


The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that on 28 August 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad laid the foundation stone for the first Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque in the small German town of Pfungstadt in the state of Hesse.

  
Around 30 guests attended the ceremony, including various dignitaries, such as Mayor of Pfungstadt, Patrick Koch and the former Mayor Horst Baier.

During the formal session, Abdullah Wagishauser, the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany, gave a welcome address. He said that despite some limited opposition, the vast majority of the local population had supported the Mosque project in Pfungstadt.

Thereafter, both the current Mayor and the former Mayor of Pfungstadt took to the stage to offer their congratulations to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
                       

 Mayor Patrick Koch said:

“This event in which you are laying a foundation stone for your new Mosque is a symbol that you are noble and peace loving people. Ahmadi Muslims have contributed greatly to this town, for example through your charity walks in which you raise money for those in need.”

Former Mayor, Horst Baier said:

“Recent events have made people think that Muslims are the cause of terrorism, however I have seen and I truly believe that those people who conduct terrorist attacks have nothing to do with Islam but are people who have no respect for human values.”

The keynote address was delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who said the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community had instructed that it was the duty of Muslims to fulfil both the rights due to God and to humanity. 


Thanking the local population for supporting the Mosque project and for their tolerant approach, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“I am extremely grateful to the people of this town for displaying open hearts and welcoming immigrants to this town and in particular the Ahmadi Muslims living here. It is now the responsibility of the Ahmadi Muslims to treat the local people like their close friends and relatives and it is their responsibility to look after and serve the local community.”

Speaking about Islam’s commitment to serving humanity, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The charitable work of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in this town was mentioned earlier. It should be clear that we are not imparting any favour through such work, rather it is our duty and obligation to serve the creation of Allah the Almighty.”


 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“Indeed, in a Persian couplet the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said it was his mission and purpose to serve humanity. Hence, it is incumbent upon every Ahmadi Muslim to serve mankind.”

His Holiness spoke of how the town of Pfungstadt was founded in the same decade that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community itself was founded. 


Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“This town was founded in the 1880s and in the very same decade the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community picked up the mantle of defending Islam and highlighted its true teachings before the world. Thereafter, Allah told him in a revelation that ‘I shall cause thy message to reach the corners of the earth’.”

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“At that time could anyone have ever imagined that his message would even reach this small town of Germany which itself had only just been founded? Hence, this too is a sign of the fulfilment of that promise that Allah made to the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him).”

Concluding, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“It is natural that some of you will be concerned about the prospect of a Mosque being built here, however over time your reservations and concerns will all be alleviated. You will come to see and recognise that this Mosque poses you no harm, rather it is a beacon of peace that is only a source of benefit to all.”


 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad added:

“Islam teaches that religion is a matter of one’s heart and so no one can be forced to accept any religion. The Holy Quran has very clearly stated that there should be no compulsion in religion.”

Following the conclusion of his address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad laid the foundation stone for the new Mosque.


The respected wife of His Holiness, Hazrat Amtul Sabooh Begum also laid a stone in the foundation of the Mosque and thereafter the local Mayor and a number of Central, National and Local Ahmadi Muslim officials also laid stones. 


The event concluded with a silent prayer led by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. @AhmadiyyatIslam


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Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community arrives in Germany

Monday, 29 August 2016

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad travels to attend Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany

The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad arrived at the Baitus Subuh Mosque in Frankfurt on 27 August 2016.

The Khalifa (Caliph) travelled from London by road and after crossing into Germany he was greeted by the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany, Abdullah Wagishauser and various other officials.


His Holiness travelled onwards to Frankfurt and he arrived at the Baitus Subuh Mosque at 8.30pm local time where he was greeted by hundreds of Ahmadi Muslim men, women and children all overjoyed to see their spiritual leader once again. Shortly after arrival, His Holiness led the Maghreb and Isha prayers.


His Holiness has travelled to attend the 41st Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany, taking place in Karlsruhe, in which around 30,000 delegates from various countries are expected.

During the 3-day event (2-4 September) His Holiness will address both Ahmadi Muslims and non-Ahmadi guests about the true and peaceful teachings of Islam.


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More than 584,000 people join the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Thursday, 18 August 2016

50th Jalsa Salana UK concluded by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad


 The 50th Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United Kingdom concluded on Sunday 14 August 2016 with a powerful and faith-inspiring address by the World Head the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. 


During his concluding address, His Holiness called on Islam’s critics to judge the religion on its true teachings, rather than focusing upon the hateful acts of a tiny minority of extremists.

More than 38,000 people attended the Jalsa Salana, which took place at Hadeeqatul Mahdi in Alton, Hampshire.


Apart from the thousands of Ahmadi Muslims who participated, many non-Ahmadi and non-Muslim guests also attended.  The entire event was also broadcast live on MTA International and streamed online.

One of the highlights of the three-day Jalsa Salana was the pledge of allegiance, known as Bai’at that took place on Sunday afternoon, where the participants pledged allegiance to Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad as the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph) of the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him).

The participants formed a human chain leading to the Khalifa as they repeated the words of the pledge in unison.

Prior to the ceremony, His Holiness announced that more than 584,000 people had joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community during the past year from all around the world. He also announced that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was now established in 209 countries.

In his concluding address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that critics of Islam continued to raise unjust and entirely unfounded allegations against the religion.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Today’s disorder and terrorism is a result of the fact that people are distorting the teachings of religion and most certainly their hate filled and evil actions do not have any link to the true teachings of Islam.”


His Holiness said Islam laid the foundation for peace by promoting true equality between peoples and nations. Islam taught that no nation or people held superiority over others.


His Holiness said that Islam sought to create peace at every level of society and that the basis for peace in society lay in a person’s home. He said that Islam laid particular emphasis on the rights of parents.


In contrast, His Holiness said that those people in developed nations who routinely branded Islam as a cruel religion were themselves forgetting their fundamental obligation to their parents.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“In the developed world many people claim that they do not even have the time to meet their parents regularly, let alone to serve them and care for them in old age. The more advanced they consider themselves the further away they move from fulfilling their basic responsibilities.”

His Holiness emphasised that true justice could not be established without creating a link with God Almighty.


Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Without recognising and fulfilling the rights of the worship of God Almighty, justice cannot be established and one cannot pay attention towards kindness and humanity. Those who call themselves Muslims but continue to act against the teachings of Islam do so because they have not truly recognised God, nor are they fulfilling their obligations towards Him.”

His Holiness also referred to the responsibilities of parents to their children and referred to the verse of the Holy Quran which states “and that you kill not your children for fear of poverty”.

His Holiness said that this verse also referred to those who failed to cater for the moral wellbeing of their children.


Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“A lack of care and moral training from parents is one reason that children can become vulnerable to extremism and towards committing atrocities in the name of Islam. Such parents are ignoring their duties towards their children in the vain pursuit of wealth and so their children are left bereft of even a basic knowledge of their religion. This in essence is a means of destroying their children.” 

His Holiness went on to quote chapter 49 verse 12 of the Holy Quran, which prohibits Muslims from mocking the sentiments of others.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“In this day and age religion is also being routinely mocked and derided and Islam is especially being targeted in this regard. When people make derogatory remarks or produce offensive caricatures to mock Islam or the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) it grieves Muslims worldwide. Of course any violent reaction is completely against the teachings of Islam but where is the wisdom in producing such materials that can threaten the peace of society?”


His Holiness continued:

“Does the fact that certain groups or individuals are acting contrary to the teachings of Islam give non-Muslims the licence to provoke and hurt the sentiments of all Muslims including us Ahmadi Muslims, who are at the forefront of promoting the peaceful teachings of Islam?”


Explaining Islam’s teachings in relation to mutual respect and interfaith dialogue, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Islam teaches that disorder should be curbed, rather than encouraged or inflamed.”

Speaking of the deteriorating state of the peace of the world, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The conflicts that existed on a small scale are now developing into international conflicts. In the past, when I said that the injustice in the world was pushing us towards nuclear war many government officials, analysts and politicians said that this is a far-fetched claim and overly pessimistic. However now they are themselves saying that a nuclear war is looming and anything is possible.”

His Holiness said that both Muslim nations and the major powers had played a role in undermining the world’s peace.

He quoted media reports asking why certain countries were selling weapons to nations that were engaged in wars where innocent people were being killed.


Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: 

“On the one hand, Muslim nations have failed to act with justice, whilst on the other hand certain developed countries have prioritised the arms trade over and beyond establishing peace. If only they had acted with justice and integrity the dangerous situation that the world faces today would have been avoided. Sadly, vested interests have blinded both sides.”

His Holiness concluded by saying:

“It is the task and responsibility of Ahmadi Muslims to inform the world of the benefits of the true peaceful teachings of Islam. May Allah enable us to do so and grant sense to the world.”

The Jalsa Salana concluded with a silent prayer led by His Holiness. @AhmadiyyatIslam


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Inspection of Jalsa Salana 2016 takes place

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

3-DAY ANNUAL CONVENTION BEGINS ON FRIDAY AT HADEEQATUL MAHDI IN HAMPSHIRE


The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad conducted an inspection for the arrangements of the 50th Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United Kingdom on Sunday 7 August 2016.

The 3-day Jalsa Salana, which takes place at Hadeeqatul Mahdi in Hampshire, begins on Friday 12 August 2016.


During the inspection, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad visited the various departments tasked with organising and running the three-day event. His Holiness was briefed on the arrangements as he inspected the site.


Later, His Holiness directly addressed many of the 5,000 volunteer workers and advised them to conduct their duties with diligence and to be regular in prayer. He advised the workers to display the very best manners throughout.


Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Every volunteer and worker should display excellent manners and etiquettes at all time. They should ensure that they do not say or do anything that could cause offence or worry to any of the guests.”

Reminding the volunteers about the importance of prayer, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Only through prayer and the worship of Allah will our efforts and our work be blessed. This is the secret to our success! Without Allah’s Grace and Mercy we cannot achieve anything.”


Earlier, His Holiness also inspected Jalsa Salana arrangements made at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London and at the premises of Jamia Ahmadiyya UK in Haslemere.

The Jalsa Salana will begin on Friday afternoon when His Holiness will deliver his weekly Friday Sermon at the event. Thereafter, His Holiness will deliver 4 further speeches during the course of the weekend.


On Sunday, thousands of Ahmadi Muslims will take a pledge of allegiance, known as the Bai’at, at the hand of the Khalifa (Caliph).

The entire proceedings will be broadcast and live-streamed around the world on MTA International. @AhmadiyyatIslam


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Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community launches MTA International Africa TV Channel

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The new channel will produce specifically tailored content for the African continent


The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that at 4pm (BST) on 1 August 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad launched MTA International Africa – a new television channel established specifically to meet the needs of the people of Africa.  

His Holiness launched the channel from the Transmission Department of MTA International London Studios, based at the Fazl Mosque, by pressing a button to officially launch the new channel.


The launch was followed by a silent prayer led by His Holiness in thanks to God Almighty.

The new channel began by broadcasting the recitation of the Holy Quran followed by a programme introducing the new channel.  


MTA International Africa will continue to broadcast all of the programmes of the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, such as his weekly Friday Sermon and other addresses

It will also be producing unique content specifically tailored to the people of Africa and many programmes will be broadcast from the newly built MTA International Ghana Studios in Accra.


The launch of MTA International Africa marks yet another significant landmark in the development of MTA International.

The aim of the channel is to spread the true and peaceful teachings of Islam in local languages to the people of Africa and to be a means for the moral training of Ahmadi Muslims living in Africa.  @AhmadiyyatIslam


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