International Muslim Leader sends Letters to World Leaders

Source: Review of Religions, April 2012.

16 Gressenhall Road Southfields, London SW18 5QL, UK

His Excellency Mr Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel Jerusalem

26 February 2012

Dear Prime Minister,

I recently sent a letter to His Excellency Simon Peres, President of Israel, regarding the perilous state of affairs emerging in the world. In light of the rapidly changing circumstances, I felt it was essential for me to convey my message to you also, as you are the Head of the Government of your country.

The history of your nation is closely linked with prophethood and Divine revelation. Indeed, the Prophets of the Children of Israel made very clear prophecies regarding your nation’s future. As a result of disobedience to the teachings of the Prophets and negligence towards their prophecies, the Children of Israel had to suffer difficulties and tribulations. If the leaders of your nation had remained firm in obedience to the Prophets, they could have been saved from enduring various misfortunes and adversities. Thus, it is your duty, perhaps even more so than others, to pay heed to the prophecies and injunctions of the Prophets.

I address you as the Khalifa of that Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him), who was sent as the servant of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him); and the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was sent as the Mercy for All Mankind amongst the brethren of the Children of Israel in the semblance of Moses (peace be upon him) (Deuteronomy, 18:18). Hence, it is my duty to remind you of God’s Message. I hope that you will come to be counted amongst those who hearken to God’s Call, and who successfully find the right path; that path which is in accordance with the Guidance of God the Supreme, the Master of the heavens and the earth.

We hear reports in the news nowadays that you are preparing to attack Iran. Yet the horrific outcome of a World War is right before you. In the last World War, whilst millions of other people were killed, the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jewish persons were also wasted. As the Prime Minister, it is your duty to protect the life of your nation. The current circumstances of the world indicate that a World War will not be fought between only two countries, rather blocs will come into formation. The threat of a World War breaking out is a very serious one. The life of Muslims, Christians and Jews are all at peril from it. If such a war occurs, it will result in a chain reaction of human destruction. The effects of this catastrophe will be felt by future generations, who will either be born disabled, or crippled. This is because undoubtedly, such a war will involve atomic warfare.

Hence, it is my request to you that instead of leading the world into the grip of a World War, make maximum efforts to save the world from a global catastrophe. Instead of resolving disputes with force, you should try to resolve them through dialogue, so that we can gift our future generations with a bright future rather than ‘gift’ them with disability and defects.

I shall try to elucidate my views based on the following passages from your teachings, the first extract being from the Zabur:

‘Do not fret because of evil-doers. Do not envy those who do wrong. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither like the green herb. Trust in God, and do good. Dwell in the land, and enjoy safe pasture. Also delight yourself in God, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to God. Trust also in him, and he will do this: He will make your righteousness go forth as the dawn, and your justice as the noon day sun. Rest in God, and wait patiently for him. Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who makes wicked plots happen. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret, it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for God shall inherit the land. For yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more. Yes, though you look for his place, he is not there. But the humble shall inherit the land, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.’ (Zabur, 37:1-11)

Similarly, we find in the Torah:

‘Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small. Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.  [But] thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. For all that do such things, [and] all that do unrighteously, [are] an abomination unto the LORD thy God.’ (Deuteronomy, 25:13-16)

Thus, world leaders, and particularly you should terminate the notion of governance by force and should refrain from oppressing the weak. Instead, strive to spread and promote justice and peace. By doing so, you will remain in peace yourselves, you will gain strength and world peace will also be established.

It is my prayer that you and other world leaders understand my message, recognise your station and status and fulfil your responsibilities.

Yours Sincerely,

MIRZA MASROOR AHMAD Khalifatul Masih V Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

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  1. The HRRIF considers efforsts towards international peace making taken by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad are very brave and worthy of world recognition as a Nobel prize laureate of peace and will strongly recommend his nominatiom for the same.

  2. Thank God we have a leader who has the courage to speak the truth. May Allah put in the hearts of those he admonishes to change their behaviour and save us from the next world war which in reality has already started. I hope Muzaffar’s efforts are fruitful and the entire world recognizes the efforts of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad as the champion of peace and justice.

  3. Let’s pray to Al-Mighty God ” Oh Allah, All praise belongs to you, Oh Lord of all World, The Gracious,The Merciful, please make the efforts of Caliph of Islam for the peace, fruitful.
    Kindly guide the leaders of all the world towards the right path. The path of those on whom you bestowed your blessing , those who have not incurred your displeasure and those who have not gone astray.
    Please God, The Al-Mighty be kind to your creation,human-beings and give them Love and Affection for all fellow human-beings and remove hatred from their hearts for each other. Aameen”

  4. (CNN) — Recent ballistic missile tests by India, Pakistan and North Korea — which has ominously threatened to “reduce to ashes” the South Korean military “in minutes” — are once again focusing the world’s attention on the dangers of nuclear war.

    This concern was dramatically underscored in a new report released at the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit in Chicago. Titled “Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk” (PDF), the study shows that even a limited nuclear war, involving less than half of 1% of the world’s nuclear arsenals, would cause climate disruption that could set off a global famine.

    The study, prepared by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and its U.S. affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility, used a scenario of 100 Hiroshima-sized bombs exploded in a war between India and Pakistan. If there were such a war, the study estimated that 1 billion people, one-sixth of the human race, could starve over the following decade.

    Along with recent events, these findings require a fundamental change in our thinking about nuclear weapons.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/11/opinion/dhanapala-helfand-nuclear-famine/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  5. “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. Keep my decrees.” (Leviticus 19:18-19)

  6. A Divine Way to Resist Temptation

    Source: The Wall Street Journal

    Self-control problems often fade away when it comes to obeying religious dictates. These teenagers are eating a kosher meal in Maryland.

    I was raised in a kosher household. Though I never fully understood why I couldn’t eat cheeseburgers or pepperoni pizza—the theology still confuses me—I quickly learned to follow the rules. At birthday parties, I always informed the hosts that I preferred my pizza plain. If they forgot, I would just eat the crust.

    Though I no longer keep kosher, I’m still puzzled by why I found it easy as a child to follow these faith-based rules. Because it’s not just me: People consistently find ways to obey all sorts of onerous religious dictates. During Ramadan or Lent, for example, the observant manage to be self-denying even as they struggle to stay on a diet or hold back their temper. “The world is full of people who are fastidious about Biblical rules but can’t say no to fast food,” says Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. “There’s something about rules from God that make them easier to follow.”

    According to research led by Kevin Rounding at Queen’s University in Ontario and recently published in Psychological Science, Rabbi Wolpe is right: People are better able to resist their desires when thinking about God. In a series of clever experiments, the Canadian scientists demonstrated that triggering subconscious thoughts of faith increased self-control.

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