World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns all forms of Terrorism



    Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad also speaks of the current crisis in
    Pakistan.

    TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - Speaking during his weekly address, His
Holiness, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Head of the world wide Ahmadiyya Muslim
Community has spoken of the uncertainty and troubles facing the world at this
time. He used the address to once again condemn all forms of terrorism and to
highlight that Islam's true teaching is of love and compassion for all of
God's Creation. His Holiness also commented on the ongoing troubles in
Pakistan and of the recent persecution faced by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
in Indonesia.

    His Holiness stated:

    "People throughout the world are living in fear of terrorism that is
justified in the name of religion, despite the fact than no religion teaches
or allows any form of terrorism. Most certainly Islam, more than any other
religion, forbids such practices. It is most unfortunate that during this era
hatred is regularly justified in the name of God.
    It is the obligation of every Muslim to show love to all of God's
Creation. In this regard the Ahmadiyya Community has always tried its utmost
to fulfil its duties to mankind. And as a manifestation of this love it is up
to members of the Community to inform others that the reason why the world is
currently facing so much uncertainty and having to bear so many natural
disasters is simply that society is turning away from God Almighty. Until this
trend is arrested true peace will not emerge.
    One current example is the recent cyclone that has hit Bangladesh. It is
reported that this is the biggest cyclone in the past 47 years and has left
600,000 homeless. Humanity First(1) is sending teams from the UK and Canada to
help alleviate the suffering as it always does whenever such disasters arise
anywhere in the world even though our Community has suffered a great deal of
persecution in Bangladesh during the last few years."

    Speaking of the ongoing crisis in Pakistan, His Holiness stated:

    "Pakistan is a country that has invoked laws of hatred against the
Ahmadiyya Community which prevent its members from basic acts of worship. Yet
despite this persecution whenever the country has faced difficulty, such as
the earthquake two years ago, it is the Ahmadiyya Community that has been at
the forefront of any relief effort.
    During the current troubles there have been examples of lawlessness in
Pakistan but the Ahmadiyya Community has always and will always follow the
laws of the nation. No member of the Ahmadiyya Community will take part in any
protest or civil disobedience. However in the spirit of love for humanity and
love for the nation I say that for peace to emerge, fairness and justice must
prevail."

    His Holiness also commented on the situation of the Ahmadiyya Community
in Indonesia. He stated:

    "In the past days the homes of Ahmadi Muslims and Mosques have been
attacked and it seems that these acts are being perpetuated by certain
Governmental sections in an effort to pave the way for future anti-Ahmadiyya
legislation. When the Tsunami hit Indonesia a few years ago, our Community was
there taking a full part in the relief effort despite the fact that there was
a great deal of hostility towards our Community in the country. It is our task
to help mankind always, no matter how they treat us. Our reward is from God,
no one else."
    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has prospered throughout the world
expounding and practicing its motto 'Love for All, Hatred for None'. Further
information, please visit: www.alislam.org and www.ahmadiyya.ca

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    NOTES FOR MEDIA

    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a religious organization, international
in its scope, with branches in over 181 countries in Africa, North America,
South America, Asia, Australasia, and Europe. This is the most dynamic
denomination of Islam in modern history, with worldwide membership exceeding
200 million.
    The Ahmadiyya Community was established in 1889 by Hadrat Mirza Ghulam
Ahmad (1835-1908) in a small and remote village, Qadian, in the Punjab, India.
He claimed to be the expected reformer of the latter days, the Awaited One of
the world community of religions (The Mahdi and Messiah). The Community he
started is an embodiment of the benevolent message of Islam -- peace,
universal brotherhood, and submission to the Will of God -- in its pristine
purity. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was established under divine guidance
with the objective to rejuvenate Islamic moral and spiritual values. It
encourages interfaith dialogue, and diligently defends Islam and tries to
correct misunderstandings about Islam in the West. It advocates peace,
tolerance, love and understanding among followers of different faiths. It
firmly believes in and acts upon the Qur'anic teaching: "There is no
compulsion in religion." (2:257). It strongly rejects violence and terrorism
in any form and for any reason.

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    (1) A disaster relief charity that Ahmadiyya Muslim Community sponsors
    and supports.





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