Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Inaugurates New Mosque in Mitcham, London

Monday, 9 January 2017

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurates the Baitul Ehsan Mosque

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that on 7 January 2017, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurated the Baitul Ehsan Mosque in Mitcham, London.

Upon arrival, His Holiness officially inaugurated the Mosque by unveiling a commemorative plaque and offering a silent prayer in thanks to God Almighty.

His Holiness then delivered an address to the local Ahmadi Muslims gathered at the event.

Speaking about the true purpose of a Mosque, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The purpose of a Mosque is to worship the One God, and so all those who come to worship in this Mosque should seek to fulfil this objective. Thus, Ahmadi Muslims should always pay full attention towards worship and fulfilling the obligations owed to God Almighty.”

His Holiness continued:

“As a result of building this Mosque, the local community will become more aware of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Hence, the local Ahmadi Muslims must fulfil the rights of their neighbours and inform the local people about the true peaceful teachings of Islam so that any fears or misconceptions that they may hold about Islam are removed. May Allah enable you all to do this.”

After his address, His Holiness led the Zuhr and Asr prayers at the Mosque and inspected various facilities of the Mosque.

In addition to the prayer halls, the five-story building holds conference rooms, offices and various other facilities.


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122nd Jalsa Salana Qadian concludes with address by Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Friday, 30 December 2016

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad says all Muslims must heed the perfect example of Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) 

The 122nd Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Qadian, India, concluded with a faith inspiring address by the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, on 28 December 2016.

The address took place exactly 125 years after the Jalsa Salana was first established by the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Promised Messiah, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him).

His Holiness addressed the final session via satellite link from the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London. Over 14,200 people attended the Convention in Qadian, while more than 5,200 gathered in London for the concluding session.

During his address, His Holiness spoke of the outstanding moral and spiritual example set by the Founder of Islam, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the unparalleled impact he had upon his followers.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) established a community of sincere followers who were unique in their worship of God Almighty.”

His Holiness continued:

“The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once said, ‘Every prophet of God has a desire, and my ardent desire is the worship (of God Almighty) of the night’.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad explained the impact of the example set by the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) upon those around him.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The worship and prayers of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) were offered with the intense desire that his followers became true worshippers of God Almighty and prostrated before Him alone. When they adopted his example, the same people who were previously idolaters, became the very best examples of sincere worship for all people and for all times to come. Certainly, a true spiritual revolution occurred amongst those people.”

His Holiness quoted from the writings of the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) who wrote:

“When one looks at the transformation that the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) brought about in the Arab people of those times and analyses how they were elevated from a state of despair, a person is unable to control his tears. It was a truly magnificent spiritual reformation, the like of which has never been seen in the history of any other nation.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that despite being the most beloved of God Almighty, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) manifested the highest standards of humility at all times.

His Holiness cited the example of the victory of Mecca, the city where the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his followers had been severely persecuted for many years and driven out of.

When eventually the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) returned in victory, he peacefully marched into the city without any desire for vengeance and showed an unparalleled example of forgiveness and compassion.

Contrasting the example of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) to worldly leaders of today and the past, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Throughout history we have seen how when many worldly leaders have attained power they became dictators or tyrants. In fact, even when a normal person attains success or victory, he often raises his neck with arrogance and pride. However, the example of the perfect human being, the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) was to profess only humility and forgiveness at the time of triumph.”

Mentioning the attribute of gratefulness of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), His Holiness said that Founder of Islam (peace be upon him) would always turn to Allah the Almighty in gratitude. Furthermore, the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) would also express gratitude to people.

For example, he remained forever grateful to his esteemed first wife Hazrat Khadija (may Allah be pleased with her) for her support, love and devotion throughout their blessed marriage.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) never forgot the devotion of his wife and considered it to be a favour upon him and always remained grateful to her.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that Muslims were duty-bound to follow the example of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and so it was incumbent upon Muslim men to treat their wives with love, kindness and to be grateful to them.

His Holiness also quoted the example of how the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) expressed gratitude to the Christian monarch of Abyssinia, King Negus (Najashi), who gave protection to some Muslims when they escaped the persecution of the Arab Meccans.

The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) remained forever grateful to the Christian King and personally received a delegation sent by King Negus out of gratitude.

His Holiness concluded his address by praying that Muslims worldwide came to reflect and honour the values taught by the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him).

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) set the highest possible standards of morality and righteousness in all respects and so may Allah enable all of us, to not only claim to follow him, but to truly follow his blessed example.”

The session concluded with silent prayers followed by various poems recited by attendees in Qadian via satellite link.  @AhmadiyyatIslam 

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Statement of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community following atrocities in Berlin, Zurich and Turkey

Friday, 23 December 2016

Statement by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:

"The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community strongly condemns the attacks that have taken place around the world, including recent attacks in Berlin, Zurich and Turkey in which dozens of innocent people have been mercilessly killed.

"The victims of these cruel attacks and their families are in our thoughts and prayers.

"All forms of terrorism and extremism are against the teachings of Islam, as the Holy Quran states, that to kill even one innocent person is akin to killing all of mankind (Quran 5:33).

"Ahmadi Muslims pray that justice may be served to the perpetrators of the attacks and we pray for peace in the world in such turbulent times." @AhmadiyyatIslam

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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

"Storm clouds forewarning us of a Third World War are getting heavier by the day"

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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