Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at celebrates centenary of the successorship to the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi



    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - Worldwide, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at is
marking 2008 as the centenary year of the establishment of the successorship
(Khilafat) to the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
of Qadian (peace be upon him) (1835-1908).
    Throughout 2008, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at is hosting events to
commemorate this unique achievement in history of Islam.
    Some of these events, to be hosted across Canada, are as follows:

    
    1.  All year - Congregations to commemorate the life of the Holy Prophet
        Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him);
    2.  March 23: Masih Mau'ud (Promised Messiah) Day commemorating the
        advent and achievements of the Promised Messiah;
    3.  May 27: Centenary Khilafat Week commemorating the advent and
        achievements of each Khalifa (successor) of the Promised Messiah;
    4.  June 27-29: Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) Canada 2008;
    5.  Banquets; City declarations; and many more events
    

    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at is established in over 180 countries. It
strives towards the betterment of society by engaging in and promoting
interfaith dialogue, philanthropy, publishing religious literature,
constructing mosques and community centers, and providing educational and
healthcare facilities. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at is acclaimed as Islam's
most dynamic Muslim community with a membership in the tens of millions.
    Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at is widely honoured as a peaceful and law-abiding
community that lives in accordance with its motto, "Love for All, Hatred for
None."

    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at was established in 1889 by
Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in Qadian, India. He proclaimed himself to be the
awaited Promised Messiah and Mahdi (reformer) of the Latter Days whose advent
was foretold by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him), as well as the awaited reformer foretold by all of the other great
religions of the world. His stated mission was to convey to the world the
message of peace and love as presented in the Holy Qur'an (the Islamic holy
scripture) and the Sunnah (practice) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him), as well as to present the teachings of Islam
in their uncorrupted and pristinely pure form. After the passing away of
Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in 1908, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at established
the institution of Khilafat. The present Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Jama'at is Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V (May Allah
strengthen his hands).





For further information:

For further information: on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada visit:
www.ahmadiyya.ca; or www.alislam.org; Media Contact: Farhan Khokhar, Director
- Communications, (416) 716-2247, fkhokhar@Ahmadiyya.ca

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