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UK: Khalifa of Islam inaugurates another Ahmadiyya mosque

“It is surely our duty to care for and respect one another. And the best way to practically demonstrate this esteem is to consider the feelings and sentiments of each other, because that is the primary way to establish good human values.” [Khalifa of Islam, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad]

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | EU Desk
Source/Credit: Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at | UK
By Staff Reporter | March 5, 2011

Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad calls on the media to utilise its influence with responsibility and justice

The Khalifa of Islam and the worldwide leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, inaugurated the new Baitul Aman Mosque in Middlesex on 4th March 2012.

This was the third in a series of mosques being opened by His Holiness in the UK this year, the community announced in a press release today.

According to the announcement, the opening of the Mosque was also attended by a number of local dignitaries and guests, including John McDonnell, MP for Hayes & Harlington and Virendra Sharma, MP for Ealing Southall.

The mosque was officially inaugurated by His Holiness when he unveiled a commemorative plaque and led in offering of a silent prayer.

His Holiness held an audience with local community members and advised that all Ahmadi Muslims should strive to become ambassadors for true Islam.

Hadhrat Ahmad said it was not enough to simply build a mosque, but that it was essential that it be filled with people who entered with a pure heart and who held a desire to please God and to serve humanity.

His Holiness held a private meeting with a number of local dignitaries.

According to the press release, John McDonnell MP called the opening of the mosque a “truly historic occasion” and said that it was a privilege for him to attend and said that all parties should support the work of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat to help them in parts of the world where they are persecuted.

MP McDonnell thanked the community for making a donation to his nominated charity.

Virendra Sharma MP congratulated the community on the opening of the mosque and said that there was a “moral duty” to help all peaceful communities who suffer persecution, the press release stated.

His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad addressed the gathering in which he called for the establishment of peace and justice in all parts of the world.

His Holiness used his address to call upon the media to utilise its vast influence in a responsible and fair manner, it was reported.

His Holiness began his address by stating the need for mutual respect amongst all people. He said:

“It is surely our duty to care for and respect one another,” said Hadhrat Ahmad. “And the best way to practically demonstrate this esteem is to consider the feelings and sentiments of each other, because that is the primary way to establish good human values.”

“And, it is the only way to develop an environment filled with peace, justice, reconciliation and brotherhood,” Hadhrat Ahmad emphasized. .

His Holiness said, “It should be our goal to establish such high values in every village, every town, every city, every country, every society and indeed every part of the world.”

His Holiness further said that the modern world had come to resemble a global village where news could be relayed globally within seconds but that such advancement had both benefits and drawbacks.

“Through our official representatives and through our governments we should seek to find long term solutions that will allow the deprived nations to ultimately stand upon their own feet,” Hadhrat Ahmad advised. “We should devise plans whereby such countries are able to utilise their own resources and assets for the betterment of their people, so that they are able to become self-sufficient and truly independent.”

His Holiness said that all humanitarian service ought to be rendered selflessly rather than by self-interest or greed and he explained that the Ahmadiyya Muslim community was constantly engaged in an effort to help deprived and impoverished peoples and nations and had launched projects designed to provide health and education services to those in need regardless of social or religious background.

His Holiness pointed out the unjust way in which many Western media outlets portray Islam to the masses.

The merciless behaviour and tyranny adopted by rulers in some Muslim countries, said His Holiness, was being portrayed as being sanctioned by Islam which was leading to a fear and even hatred towards Islam in the West.

“For a long time the media has particularly highlighted the problems faced in many Muslim countries,” said Hadhrat Ahmad. “However, when giving such coverage the media should also display a sense of perspective or context and sadly on many occasions this has been lacking.”

“The truth is that Islam has strictly forbidden terrorism or extremism of any form. Islam’s teachings in this regard are absolute and without exception.”

His Holiness predicted the inauguration of the Baitul Aman Mosque would itself lead to a change of perception in the minds of local people about Islam.

“I am confident that the distorted image of Islam that currently exists in the minds of some people, will soon be replaced by a truly beautiful picture portraying the immaculate teachings of Islam,” His Holiness said. “Such a picture will shine forth ever more brightly and so our mosque will become a true beacon of light that illuminates its surroundings”

“And, certainly, God Willing, I believe that our heartfelt message of love will come to win the hearts of those who oppose us. And may all of you come to join and help us in our mission to establish peace in the world and to serve humanity.”

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