The World Wide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has urged political leaders to exert their influence on the Muslim world to stop Islamic militant groups from spreading their message of hate.
During his address at the 11th National Peace Symposium of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad condemned the activities of ISIS and other extremist groups as “entirely un-Islamic”.
He stated they do not reflect the true “peaceful values of Islam”. He also spoke about the rising number of Muslim youths being globally recruited by ISIS for their “utterly horrific and barbaric” cause.
His Holiness said: “The actions of this extremist group are not only impacting Muslim Countries but also countries in Europe, and further afield are also being affected by its brutalities. We see a disturbing number of Muslims Youths from Europe and other parts of the world who have somehow come to believe that ISIS represents a true picture of Islam and support their ideology. For these reasons they have resolved to help and even fight for them. ”
“For any peaceful Muslim who understands his faith this is a cause of great sorrow and despair.”
During his address His Holiness also questioned how such extremist groups were being funded and appealed to the world for peace through justice:
His Holiness said: “To simply lay the blame at the feet of Islam or particular groups will not save us from warfare or free us from our responsibilities. Thus all peaceful people should pressurise their governments and certainly all figures of influence should reflect on this and seek to develop peace in the world by promoting true justice in their respective spheres of influence by taking firm action to prevent the destruction of world peace completely.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace was also awarded during the Syposium to the charity Mary’s Meals UK. The award comprises of a trophy, a certificate and a cheque for £10,000.
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, CEO of Mary’s Meals UK said: “I am deeply honoured and moved to receive this award and thank His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad for this honour.”
The Symposium was held at Baitul Futuh mosque in Morden, the largest mosque in Western Europe. The event was host to a 1000 people including a number of international diplomats and senior politicians.
Rt Hon Justine Greening MP Secretary of State for International Development commended the communities global charitable efforts, she said: “A big thank you for all of the work that you do not just for our local communities but communities all over the world I know how much difference it makes.”
Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister for Communities said: “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is my Community – it is my home and this is my place of worship.”
Siobhan Mc Donaugh MP for Morden and Mitcham spoke about the communities support for the British Legion through their poppy appeal and various other community projects, she said: “It is a community that has always promoted peace and harmony in the world.”
Rt Hon Edward Davey MP Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change said: “It is important that we are coming together under your leadership your Holiness tonight to be a politics of unity, of people coming together, to talk together to work together, to pray together for a world of unity.”
Rafiq Hayat National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said: “It is under the guidance of our Khalifa [Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad] that we engage in dialogue, train our youth to serve their country and to serve humanity that we teach and promote the values of loyalty, respect and of peace. For this is the path to peace.”