Ahmadiyya Muslim Community - The True Proponents of Peaceful Teachings of Islam

    MARKHAM, ON, June 27 /CNW/ - On June 25, 2008: For over 100 years, the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been the most peaceful Muslim community in the
World, explained the head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
    On June 25, 2008, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada hosted a
banquet to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of its
institution of Khilafat (Succession), and the re-establishment of it in the
Muslim world-at-large since the passing away of its Founder, Hadhrat Mirza
Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908). The current Khalifa (Successor) of the worldwide
Ahmadiyya Community, His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, graced the
occasion and delivered the keynote address on the subject.
    At the banquet, approximately 800 guests and dignitaries from across
North America gathered at the Markham Hilton Conference Centre. The guests and
dignitaries consisted of representatives of all levels of government,
academia, professions, ethnic communities and faith groups.
    This weekend, His Holiness, who is currently touring the world to attend
celebrations and national annual conferences, will grace the 32nd Annual
Conference of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada which will be held at
the International Centre in Mississauga (Airport and Derry Road) from
June 27th-29th, and Canada Day Celebrations on July 1st. In addition, His
Holiness will inaugurate what will be one of the largest mosques in the
Western Hemisphere, the Baitun Nur Mosque, on July 4th in Calgary.
    During his keynote address, His Holiness addressed the allegations made
against the religion Islam being violent and spread by the sword. With direct
reference to the teachings of the Holy Qur'an (Islam's holy scripture), the
life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
and his first four Khalifas, His Holiness demonstrated that Islam is a
religion of peace and tolerance, and its early history is evidence that it was
spread with love and affection despite the bitterest and cruelest persecution
meted out to the Muslims of that time. Current fringe groups have given a bad
name to Islam by advocating an extremist, militant and violent form of Islam
through their interpretation of Jihad (holy struggle) and whose only desire is
to instigate disorder and disturb peace. By contrast, where fighting is
permitted in the Holy Qur'an, it is only for defensive battles to stem the
religious persecution either of Muslims or other religious minorities, and
such fighting must be moderate and not harm civilians, the elderly, women,
children and surrounding vegetation. Moreover, Muslims must always remain ever
inclined towards peace always placing faith and trust in God. Where
governments, like those in the West, afford complete freedom of religion and
conscience, no justification exists for declaring a Jihad against them.
Rather, the declaration of such a Jihad is forbidden and against the express
teachings of Islam, and Muslims must show loyalty to such governments.
    In their introductory remarks, the Honourable Jason Kenny and Jim
Karygiannis denounced the horrible persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Community in countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, which is
occurring officially but at the behest of extremist religious elements. The
Right Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, thanked His Holiness and
the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for their services to humankind and for their
contributions to the multicultural mosaic of Ontario and Canada.

    Canada's Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is committed to providing
opportunities to broaden and deepen understanding of it and the true teaching
of the religion of Islam as well as to contributing to Canada's multicultural
mosaic. For over 100 years, the Ahmadiyya Community has been lauded for its
exceptional service to humanity, particularly in the poorest regions of the
world, and the promotion of peaceful and constructive interfaith dialogue.

    For more information on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada visit:
www.ahmadiyya.ca or www.alislam.org

For further information:

For further information: Mumtaz Butt, Manager Press & Media Relations,
(647) 723-6425, Email: amjmedia@ahmadiyya.ca

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