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Ahmadiyya - Muslim Community in the eyes of contemporary world leaders
Over a hundred years ago, an amazing event took place in an obscure and tiny hamlet, at Qadian, Punjab, India. It was an event that was destined to change the course of history.
Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) declared that he was the Promised Messiah and Mahdi and that his advent was in fulfillment of the various prophesies regarding the Promised Reformer of the latter days. The Hindus awaited Krishna, the Jews and Christians the Messiah, the Buddhists the Buddha, and the Muslims the al-Imam al-Mahdi and the Messiah. Hadhrat Ahmad claimed that only one person was to be appointed by God, namely himself, to fulfill all the prophesies for promised ones.
In accordance with divine guidance, Hadhrat Ahmad founded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam in 1889 and the progress of Ahmadiyyat has, after him, been blessed by the institution of Khilafat. The Khalifas, so far have been Hadhrat Maulvi Nooruddin(1908-1914), Hadhrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad(1914-1965), Hadhrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad(1965-1982) and Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad(1982-2003) and the Community is now led by the fifth Khalifa, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad since 2003.
Some Muslim groups oppose the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; but many fair-minded persons have observed the Community, its morality and service to mankind and have spoken highly about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and its work for the benefit of mankind, as well as its amazing motto of peace: "Love for all and hatred for none." For instance the following two messages were delivered to the Community for its 2004 Annual Convention at Qadian, India December 2004:
Mr. M. M. Lakhera, Lieutenant-Governor (retd) Pondicherry wrote:
"I am happy to learn that ‘Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission’ …is holding its…Annual Convention…to reunite the mankind and create an atmosphere of love, harmony and brotherhood among various sections of mankind" (M.M. Lakhera 16/12/2004)
Likewise, S.M. Krishna Governor of Maharashtra wrote:
"It is heartening to know that the Annual Conventions are organized by the Jamaat to enhance the feeling of compassion, love and service to the humanity and to spread the message of ‘love for all and hatred for none’ among the people. All his life, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him) strove to inculcate among the people the philosophy of tolerance towards other religions and beliefs"
Likewise, guest speakers at that Convention spoke complimenting the Community and its drive towards helping mankind to come together in peace. For instance, Professor Darbari Lal, Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, India, said:
"The Ahmadiyya Community is doing the work of bringing people together and not of driving them further apart. I wish that Ahmadiyya Community would flourish and spread the message of Allah throughout India so that people can create a new world and live in peace" (Prof. Darbari Lal, Dec 2004, Qadian)
One speaker, Shrimati Jageer Kaur, President Gurdwara Parhandak Committee, Amritsar, India wanted to praise the founder of Ahmadiyyat in these words:
"I salute the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who founded the Community (in1889) in order to serve mankind. Today we find large numbers of his followers" (Shrimati Jageer Kaur, Dec,2004, Qadian)
Even Premiers of nations have spoken highly of the Community for its services to their countries: President John Agyekum Kufor of Ghana wrote to the Fifth Khalifa as follows:
" We in Ghana recall with admiration and gratitude the unstinted service you have rendered to our dear country in the fields of education, agriculture, and moral training for several years" (President John Agyekum Kufor, Ghana, 2003)
Her Excellency Chandrika Banaranayake Kumarathunga, president of Sri Lanka, wrote for the 2004 UK Ahmadiyya Convention:
"…hope that the Convention will give you yet another opportunity for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at to re-dedicate itself to the service of humanity…"
( President Sri Lanka, 2004)
Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne UK, MEP attended the UK Convention in person and expressed her view that:
"The family is at the heart of the EU’s and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s principles. Peace, brotherhood and respect for others are also an example of a wonderful guiding principle shared by the EU and Ahmadiyya Muslims… Tolerance is another crucial value which binds us together as humans, is something which the Ahmadiyya Community has used ‘actively’ not ‘passively’
(Baroness Nicholson UK MEP, 1st Aug 2004)
Most recently, The vice-president of Kenya, Mr. Moody Awari, on welcoming the fifth Khalifa, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad to his visit to Kenya for the 40th Nairobi Ahmadiyya Convention on 28th April 2005 said:
"The Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission has demonstrated through a genuine visionary agenda for the social, economic development for the people of this great nation. The Ahmadiyya Community is founded on love, peace, unity and care for others with strong spiritual foundations… You have been able to embrace good virtues and spiritual guidance to the community you serve and the nation at large."
Mr. Awari then mentioned 63 permanent mosques and 5 Clinics built by the Ahmadiyya Community and continued: "... this is indeed very commendable work…" He then thanked Ahmadiyya Community for the translations into 4 Kenyan languages of the Holy Quran and requested more translations into further vernacular tongues of Kenya and help and more prayers from the Khalifatul Masih V and the Ahmadiyya members for the benefit of Kenya’s people to enable them to become self-reliant.
Clearly, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community founded in the little hamlet in the Punjab just over 100 years ago has come a long way since and found favour with rulers and other right-thinking peoples of the world.