MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 27 /CNW/ - On June 26, 2009, fifteen thousand
participants attended the opening of the 33rd Annual Conference of the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a three-day event being held at the International
Centre, Mississauga (Derry and Airport Roads). The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community,
which is known worldwide for its motto, "Love for All, Hatred for None", has
been hosting such conferences for over a century throughout the world.
The first day of the conference was opened with the Friday sermon and
prayer service and was followed by a number of lectures during the evening
session. During the sermon, Mr. Naseem Mahdi, the SVP of Canada's Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community, spoke of the many achievements of the Community under the
Divine leadership of the Khalifa. He reminded the audience of the mission of
the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community that each member of the
Community must practice and convey the true and peaceful teachings of Islam.
Commenting on the rise in atheism, Mr. Lal Khan Malik, the President of
Canada's Ahmadiyya Muslim Community called on all participants to demonstrate
the existence of God by living in accordance with His teachings of love and
thereby being light of guidance for society. Mr. Saleem Rahman spoke of the
many prophecies contained in the Old and New Testaments regarding the advent
of the Holy Qur'an, Islam's holy scripture, and its claimed superiority over
all other religious texts. Mr. Hadi Ali Chaudhry delivered a lecture on how
the Holy Prophet Muhammad promoted the existence and the Unity of God.
On June 27, scholars will deliver presentations on the moral and
spiritual excellences of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the
companions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, as well as on the correct
interpretation and understanding of the finality of his prophethood.
Throughout the three-day event, which will conclude on June 28, in
attendance will be special guests who will include representatives from all
levels of government, including federal and provincial cabinet ministers,
mayors, councilors, as well as representatives of various faith groups,
professions, academia and the media.
Currently, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is lead by his fifth Khalifa,
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. On July 5, 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper
stated that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community represents "the true and benevolent
face of Islam" and referred to its Khalifa as a "champion of peace."
The conference is open to the general public and admission is free. The
programme begins at 10:30 a.m. on June 27.
For further information on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada
visit: www.ahmadiyya.ca or www.islamevents.ca
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