Thousands of Muslims present at Commencement of 32nd Annual Ahmadiyya Muslim Convention

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 28 /CNW/ - Over 20 thousand Ahmadi men, women, and
children from all over Canada and the world attended the first day of the 32nd
Annual Conference of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada that is being
held from June 27th to 29th at the International Center in Mississauga (Derry
and Airport Road). This Annual Conference is particularly significant as it is
being graced with the presence of the current Khalifa of the Community, His
Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Khalifatul Masih V (may Allah
strengthen his hands).
    In the Friday sermon, with reference to his conversation with the Right
Honourable Premier Dalton McGuinty during the Centenary Khilafat Banquet held
last Wednesday, June 25th, His Holiness described the Ahmadiyya Community as
one whose members strive towards righteousness and the worship of Allah
through prayer and supplication. In pursuing their careers and in earning
their livelihoods, Ahmadi Muslims strive towards excellence and attaining the
nearness to and the pleasure of Allah in doing so. His Holiness made
particular reference to the late Dr. Abdus Salam (the recipient of the 1979
Nobel Prize for Physics) who was always guided by his faith and received the
inspiration for his scientific theories from the Holy Qur'an (Islam's holy
scripture). His Holiness exhorted his followers to maintain and continue their
devotion to and worship of Allah for that is how they will attain the full
blessings of the institution of Khilafat, which was granted to them.
    The Friday Sermon was televised live around the world in seven languages
via Community satellite service - Muslim Television Ahmadiyya.
    During the evening session of the Conference, three lectures were
    Naseem Mahdi, the Missionary In-Charge and Senior Vice President of the
Community in Canada explained the meaning of Khilafat being the "Second
Manifestation of God's Power" on earth. Giving examples from the history of
the Community, Mr. Mahdi explained that God demonstrates His power and might
by thwarting all attempts to humiliate and annihilate the Community and its
Divinely appointed Khalifas.
    Afzal Mirza, Missionary and Vice-Principal of the Ahmadiyya Institute of
Islamic Studies in Mississauga, Ontario, expounded upon the various recorded
traditions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon
him) that predict the re-establishment of the institution of Khilafat in Islam
after the advent of a prophet and the Promised Messiah in the Latter Days,
vowing such Khilafat to remain with the Community until the end of time.
    Lal Khan Malik, the President of the Ahmadiyya Community in Canada, with
reference to the writings of the Founder of the Community, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam
Ahmad (1835-1908), described the special relationship of the Khalifa with God
and how this institution was established with the express purpose to convey
the true teachings of Islam and to bring about its eventual success throughout
the world through peace and love despite impossible odds and opposition.
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