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


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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Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns terror attacks in Europe and calls for peace in the world

Saturday, 30 July 2016

§  Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad addresses disintegration of Muslim countries

§  His Holiness praises Pope Francis for saying today’s atrocities do not equate to a religious war

The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has called on Muslim nations around the world to return to Islam’s true teachings of peace.

Speaking during his weekly Friday Sermon delivered at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London, His Holiness said that the world was facing incredibly precarious and challenging times in light of recent terror attacks in Europe, which he deemed as completely against the teachings of Islam. His Holiness also addressed the increasingly volatile situation in Turkey and other Muslim nations.

Speaking about the increasing instability in the Muslim world, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“With each day that passes, the power and strength of the Muslim nations is continuing to decrease. The fundamental cause is that Muslim leaders and their so-called religious scholars are blinded to Islam’s true teachings and are leading their nations on a destructive and ruinous path.”

His Holiness continued:

“We see chaos and disorder in every Muslim country because the leaders are prioritising their self-interest over and above the rights of their people and the progress of their nation.”

His Holiness also added that the disintegration of Muslim countries benefitted only those who opposed Islam and so instead of destroying one another, Muslims should unite in peace.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The Muslim world and its governments have not learned the lessons of the very recent past. They have seen what has happened in Iraq, Syria and Libya and how those countries have been torn apart and how the future of those nations has been destroyed. The Muslim leaders should urgently reflect upon these examples and ask themselves who it is that benefits from turmoil and disorder in the Muslim world?”

His Holiness also responded to the recent spate of terror attacks in Europe. He said that such attacks were a complete deviation of Islam’s teachings. For example, he said that the recent murder of Father Jacques Hamel in France was “abhorrent and entirely opposed to Islam’s teachings”.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Recently, terrorist organisations have started to regularly commit the most barbaric atrocities in Western countries by taking the lives of innocent people. The terrorists have no knowledge of Islam because otherwise they would realise that the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) forbade the murder of innocent people under any circumstances. The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited the targeting of innocent children, women, elderly people and he forbade the targeting of religious leaders and places of worship such as Priests and Churches.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“The only thing the terrorists are achieving is to completely violate the teachings of the Holy Quran and of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Let it be clear that they are not practicing Islam, rather it seems as though they have invented their own hate-filled and poisonous religion.”

Speaking about the meaning of the word ‘Islam’, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Allah the Almighty has named our religion as ‘Islam’ which literally means peace and so even the name itself rejects all forms of terrorism, extremism and compulsion. Rather, Islam is that religion that champions peace, freedom, love and security for all mankind.”

His Holiness also praised recent comments made by Pope Francis in which he said that whilst the “world is at war, it is not a religious war. His Holiness said that the Pope was right to make the distinction that today’s warfare was not motivated by religion but by greed and a desire for power and wealth.

Concluding, His Holiness said that in today’s turbulent times the onus lay upon Ahmadi Muslims to counter the extremist narrative by spreading the true and peaceful teachings of Islam, through both their personal conduct and through the media and other relevant platforms.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Spread peace to all parts of society. Spread love amongst all of mankind. Bring people towards God Almighty and the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) by winning their hearts through the power of love, grace and compassion.”

His Holiness said there was an urgent need for Ahmadi Muslims to pray for peace in the world. @AhmadiyyatIslam

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