UK: Nearly 40,000 attended Britain’s biggest annual Islamic gathering

UK: Nearly 40,000 attended Britain’s biggest annual Islamic gathering

The Khalifa of Islam led the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in a pledge of peace and obedience

Some 40,000 Muslims came together in the Hampshire countryside, where they raised the Ahmadiyya Flag Lawa-e Ahmadiyyat and Union Jack and formed a human chain to pledge their loyalty to their faith, country of residence and to reject violence and extremism.

The event is affectionately known as Aalmi Bai’at (International Initiation).

The Khalifa of Islam and the Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, led the thousands in reaffirmation of their oath of peace and obedience at Hadeeqatul Mahdi in Alton, today, the last day of the three-day conference.

In concluding address His Holiness addressed the convention delegates participating from over 100 countries in the last session and spoke on Islamic teachings of kindness towards parents.

At the end of his address, His Holiness announced the final delegate count stood at 38,300, a better than 10 percent increase over the previous years convention attendance.

UK’s PM commends Ahmadiyya’s contribution to global peace

UK’s PM commends Ahmadiyya’s contribution to global peace

London: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Theresa May, has commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim community for its contribution to global peace, especially its “United Against Extremism” Campaign.

She spoke yesterday at the closing ceremony of the Jalsa Salana, the 50th yearly convention of the Muslim group.Represented by the Minister of Aviation, Lord Ahmad, the British Prime Minister said: “The Jalsa Salana is an opportunity to celebrate the community’s huge contribution to society, whether it is raising money for the Poppy Appeal, holding interfaith iftars during Ramadan, or helping to deliver aids to poorest people around the world. That is the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in action: compassionate, charitable and absolutely committed.”

May, who officially commiserated with the group over the murder of the British Ahmadi Muslim, Asad Shah, said: “This year, we were shocked and sickened by the murder of the British Ahmadi, Asad Shah,” describing the late member as “a man who was passionate about peace and understanding between communities – values that define Ahmadis, but also our country, too. We must continue to uphold those things, and we must do so together. One excellent example of that is your “United Against Extremism” campaign.”

She expressed satisfaction about her interaction with the community’s global leader, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad and her visit, recently, to the UK headquarters of the group, Baitul Futuh Mosque, adding, “Your motto – ‘love for all, hatred for none’ – shines from all you do. It is a message we would all do well to live by, especially as we build a stronger, more united future.”

At the opening ceremony last Friday, the head of Nigerian delegation, who is also Amir of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Nigeria, Dr. Mashhuud Adenrele Fashola, chronicled the milestones of the group in the last 100 years of its existence in the country.

In another development, as purveyors of information, media operatives within the Muslim community worldwide have been urged to uphold professionalism, responsible journalism as well as reliance on the authentic sources as their watchwords in the discharge of their duty.

The advice was the kernel of engagement yesterday at the discussion session that preceded the closing ceremony at Oakland Farm in Alton, Hampshire, London, venue of the event.

Anchoring the ‘role of media in stopping radicalisation’, Missionary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Canada, Farhan Iqbal, who tasked Muslim journalists to ensure that the true teachings of Islam reach all the corners of the world, said: “Most time, thousands, and even millions of people, are listening or watching or reading the news, and that is why the media have a big responsibility. If they just pick their information from inauthentic sources, this could go a long way to create misconception.”

Issues such as terrorism organisations, or young people who have become radicalised, journalists should ensure they get their information from the authentic sources. That is why the Ahmadiyya Muslims have taken it as a priority to engage this kind of issues objectively and passionately so that clarity could be provided to dispel this misconception.”

Source/Credit: The Guardian Nigeria