Tannock hosts Ahmadiyya Muslim community to discuss promoting peace and combating extremism

Source ECR Group:  The European Parliament has held its first meeting of the ‘Friends of Ahmadiyya Muslims group’, a group that highlights that the cause of peace is at the heart of the Muslim faith. The meeting discussed ‘A Message of Peace’ and looked at how forces of tolerance and moderation can tackle religious extremism of all forms.

The Ahmadiyya Muslims group promotes a common vision of human rights and freedom of religion for all, and it seeks to promote respect between followers of different faiths. The UK chapter was formed in 1913 and it now has 100 branches. The headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK is the Baitul Futuh Mosque – the largest Mosque in Western Europe.

Dr Charles Tannock, Conservative MEP for London, is the new Chairman of the friendship group. Speaking at today’s inaugural event, he said:

“We, in Europe, believe democracy generally as a rule goes hand in hand with respect for fundamental human rights. But the fact remains that religious extremism and violence represents a clear and present danger to both peace and respect for human rights which ultimately underpins our democratic ideals.

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