MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 30 /CNW/ - Thousands of Muslims and Non-Muslim
guests as well as international delegates are attending the 31st annual
convention of Canada's Ahmadiyya Muslim Community being held at the
International Center in Mississauga (Derry and Airport Roads) from June 29th
to July 1st, 2007, inclusive. Over 20,000 people are participating.
The three-day event presents a series of lectures by male and female
scholars and educationists to promote and encourage the spiritual development
of the participants as well as to address common misconceptions about Islam
and its history.
On Saturday, June 30th, lectures on contemporary issues like gender
equality and the wearing of the veil, the debate regarding creationism versus
evolutionism, modern lessons to be derived from the life of the Prophet
Muhammad and the services of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for humankind will
On Sunday, July 1st, topics like atheism, humankind's quest for God and
establishing household peace will be discussed. Canada Day celebrations will
also be an integral part of this day's agenda.
The inaugural address of the event on Friday, June 29th, 2007 discussed
Islam's approach to safeguarding the environment. According to Naseem Mahdi,
the President of Canada's Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, although the evidence of
global warming is overwhelming and dire, the Holy Qur'an gives humankind
assurance that it should never despair of God's mercy provided it turns to and
prays earnestly to Him and endeavors to repair the damage done to His perfect
creation. Actions must follow prayers. Canadians, regardless of their faith,
must mend their ways and reduce their impact on the environment.
Additional presentations included God as protector of humanity and a
textual study of the Holy Qur'an.
Canadians from all walks of life interested in learning more about Islam
and overcoming misconceptions regarding Muslims are attending this event. They
will obtain a greater understanding of the true Islamic teachings on a range
of issues as well as an appreciation of their historical context. Participants
are also presented with an ideal opportunity to meet and interact with their
fellow citizens, both Muslim and non-Muslim.
Many dignitaries representing different levels of government and
constituencies within Canada are attending. On Friday, June 29th, the
Honourable Jason Kenney complimented the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community's peaceful
devotion to their faith and its continued contribution to the richness of
Canada's culture. Other dignitaries included the Honourable Michael Ignatieff,
who praised the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community's commitment to fairness, peace and
justice. With their motto, "Love for All, Hatred for None", the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community is best suited deal with hatred in society. In addition, the
Honourable Laurel Broten stated that she was inspired by the Holy Qur'an's
approach to the environment.
Additional dignitaries who attended included the Honourable Maria Minna,
and the Honourable Jean Augustine.
Confirmed to attend on Saturday, June 30th are the Honourable Jack
Layton, the Honourable John Tory and Her Worship Mayor Hazel McCallion. On
Canada Day, the Honourable Premier Dalton McGuinty, the Honourable Greg
Sorbara, Her Worship Mayor Susan Fennell and the Chief of York Regional
Police, Armand LaBarge will also grace the event.
Each year, the primary purpose of the annual convention of Canada's
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is to provide participants with an opportunity to
broaden and deepen their understanding of it and the religion of Islam. The
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is committed to contributing to the multicultural
mosaic by helping to achieve a better Canada and by encouraging both Muslim
and non-Muslim Canadians to come together and live according to their creed,
"Love for All, Hatred for None."
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was established in 1889 by Hadrat Mirza
Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. He claimed to be the Promised
Messiah and Mahdi whose advent was foretold by the Holy Prophet Muhammad
(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and whose purpose it was to revive
the true teachings of Islam as contained in the Holy Qur'an and traditions of
the Holy Prophet Muhammad. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has millions of
members and is established in over 180 countries. Its members are dedicated to
practicing and professing the peaceful and moderate message of Islam to the
world and serving humanity. Notable members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
are the late Sir Zafrulla Khan, President of the International Court of
Justice (1954-61) and the late Dr. Abdus Salam, recipient of the Nobel Prize
for Physics (1979). The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada was established
in 1969, and its first annual convention was held in 1976.
THE CONVENTION IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND ADMISSION IS FREE.
PROGRAM BEGAN AT 10:30 A.M. ON June 30th AT THE INTERNATIONAL
CENTER IN MISSISSAUGA (DERRY AND AIRPORT RD.) IN HALL No. 5.
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For further information: on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada visit:
www.ahmadiyya.ca; or http://www.islamevents.ca/event/jalsa07/ ; Media Contact:
Mumtaz Butt, Manager Media Relations: (416) 616-0820; Farhan Khokhar, Director
Communications: (416) 716-2247