Khalifa of Islam makes historic address at European Parliament

His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad addressing European Parliament

Source. Press Release.

Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad calls for peace through unity

 On 4 December 2012, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Fifth Khalifa, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered an historic keynote address at the European Parliament in Brussels to a packed audience of more than 350 guests representing 30 countries.

The event was hosted by the newly launched ‘European Parliament Friends of Ahmadiyya Muslims Group’, whose Chair and Vice-Chairs all took to the stage to welcome Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. Martin Schulz MEP and President of the European Parliament also came to meet with His Holiness.

During his thirty-five minute address, Mirza Masroor Ahmad called on the European Union to preserve its unity; addressed the issue of increased immigration to Western countries; advocated for equality in international relations and spoke at length about Islam’s key teachings in relation to developing world peace.

His Holiness said that in the modern world many people viewed Islam as a religion that promoted violence and extremism and blamed it for many of the conflicts taking place in various parts of the world. He said that such allegations were particularly unjust given that “the very meanings of the word Islam are ‘peace’ and ‘security.’”

His Holiness, the Khalifa spoke about widespread concerns over increasing levels of immigration to Western countries. In a detailed analysis, He said the issue was leading to the spread of ‘restlessness and anxiety’. He blamed both the immigrants and the indigenous people for the state of conflict, whereby many immigrants provoked locals by refusing to integrate, whilst certain segments of the local society were intolerant to outsiders. He said the consequences of such division were far reaching and so he called on all parties to work together to resolve the issues.  Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

Governments need to make policies that establish and protect mutual respect, through which hurting the sentiments of others or causing them any type of harm should be outlawed. With regard the immigrants, they must enter with a willingness to integrate with the local people, whilst the locals should be ready to open their hearts and display tolerance.

About the European Union, Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

The formation of the European Union has been a great achievement on the part of the European countries, for it has been a means of uniting this Continent. And so you should make all possible efforts to preserve this unity… Remember that the strength of Europe lies in it remaining united and together as one. Such unity will not only benefit you here in Europe but at a global level will be the means for this Continent to maintain its strength and influence.

The Khalifa spoke of the need not just for co-operation within Europe, but called for global unity. His Holiness said:

Speaking from an Islamic perspective, we should strive for the entire world to unite together. In terms of currency the world should be united. In terms of business and trade the world should be united. And in terms of freedom of movement and immigration, cohesive and practical policies should be developed, so that the world can become united.

The Khalifa said that in the modern world countries could no longer afford to remain isolated and even global powers like the United States were dependent on international trade and foreign relations. He said developed countries ought not to exploit weaker nations but should seek to help them develop and succeed.

Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad also spoke about conflicts in the Arab World and Middle East. He said that whilst the Western world had openly expressed ‘outrage and concern’ at the situations in Syria and Libya, they did not seem as concerned about the plight of the Palestinian people.  Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

This perceived double standard is causing grievances and malice to increase in the hearts of people from Muslim countries against the major powers of the world. This anger and animosity is extremely dangerous and could boil over and explode at any time… Let it be clear that I am not speaking in support or favor of any particular individual country. What I wish to say is that all forms of cruelty, wherever they exist, must be eradicated and stopped, regardless of whether they are perpetrated by the people of Palestine, the people of Israel or the people of any other country.

The Khalifa also criticized the principle of veto power within international institutions. He said that the voting history of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council showed that on certain occasions veto powers had been misused to assist cruelty, rather than to prevent it.

Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad concluded by calling for justice and equality. He said:

Always remember that peace can only be established by helping both the oppressed and the oppressor in a manner that is completely impartial, free from vested interests and devoid of all enmity. Peace is made by giving all parties an equal platform and playing field.

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16 replies

  1. Dear Khan
    A great speech by Mirza Masroor Ahmad in the European Parliament. I do hope that the MEPs and the European decision makers would be less Islamophobic after listening to an eminent Muslim personality.

    My organisation EMISCO-the European Muslim Initiative For Social Cohesion would be hosting a one day International Colloquium titled “A New Challenge for Social Cohesion: Protecting and Promoting Fundamental Rights for Muslim Communities”, which will be organised with the kind support of MEP Sajjad KARIM in EU Parliament in Brussels on 09 January 2013.

    I am happy to to invite you and your friends who live in Brussels or Beligium.
    To ensure your registration and for those who need a badge for the entrance in Parliament to assist to the colloquium, please send us before the 1st January 2013 an Email with your Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Country of Residence, Passport or ID Number to: contact@emisco.com.
    Kind regards

    Bashy Quraishy
    Secretary General – EMISCO -European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion – Strasbourg
    Member – Advisory Board – Migration Research Centre – Hacettepe University – Ankara.Turkey
    Chair-Advisory Council-ENAR – Brussels
    Chair-Jewish Muslim Platform – Brussels

  2. @ Bashy Quraishy. Thanks for kind invitation. I live in Germany. Any way Brussels is just 4 hours drive as such shall examine it. Germany has millions of Muslims. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community officially is recognized doing excellent job for social cohesion, protecting and promoting fundamental rights for Muslim Community. Do examine if head of German Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Mr A Wagishauser who is ethnic German Muslim can also be included to share his views on the subject from the main podium. It will add to the colour of your program as well participants will cherish from his rich experience on the subject under discussion. It is just my proposal and after your feed back I can talk to him in detail.

  3. Dear Khan
    Thank you so much for your kind offer. I shall talk with our head office in Strasbourg and discuss the possibility. At the moment I can see, we already have a full quota of the invited speakers but in case the possibility comes, I would certainly inform you. I would be delighted to co-operate for future events too.
    If you live in Berlin or anyone you know who does, I can send you another invitation.I shall be speaking in Berlin on the issue of religious discrimination and human rights in Europe on 11th Dec at kl. 19.00.
    Please do let me know if you are interested.
    Kind regards
    Bashy

  4. Mr Khan, Jazakallah for bringing us updates of Hadhoor ,ABA’s address to the EU parliment. His kind address was all to promote peace in the world in accordance with Islamic teachings. May Allah guide the world and its leaders to take stalk of the address in particular the security council of the UNO to act upon the advice of blessed khalif of Islam/man of God

  5. Dear sir,

    How can we get vedio for the Historical speech. Is it available on net (not youtube as it is still banned here)

  6. Jazakallah Dear Brother Zubair for this. Please check the link below is not working.
    For Brother Munir the full address will be released by MTA officially on youtube and is being telecast on saturday on MTA. Please check the MTA website for telecast times.
    Smaller clips of the impressions and some part of Huzoor address is available on the youtube posted by me yesterday.
    wassalam

  7. Dear Khan,
    It is an exalent speech.It will be benificial for Europ if make their policies in the light of holiness speech.

  8. Alhamdulillah , Hazour’s address to Europian Parliament is a great honour for Masih Maoud’s jamaat and the Khilafat . Allah protect us all from all evils and brings the day when Ahmadies will be in majority and rest of Muslims will be in minority. Insha Allah

  9. Thank you Mr Khan for presenting us the wonderful speech of Hazur ABA. Sorry to read a bit late.0n the day of speech in fact I was on my way to Pakistan. Remember in prayers. God bless you.

  10. InshaAllah, during the year of 2012, the historic life-giving and faith-inspiring addresses and speeches of the Caliph of Islam-e-Ahmadiyyat, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Sahib, Khalifatul Masih Al-khamis (aba) delivered before the American Congress members at the Capitol Hills, USA, in June and then making a deeply involved, highly intimate, emotional and sentimentally conquering the most beautiful country called Canada and now His Holiness Al-Khamis has addressed the Members of the European Parliament in Brussels including distinguished guests from 30 countries of Europe as the only and the sole spiritual Head and spokesmen on behalf of the world of Islam to inform and guide the leaders of advanced western world on true teachings of Islam and its practical aspects in today’s world. This is really the greatest service of his Holiness the Caliph of Islam in the current critical situation in which the Jehadi-Islamists are doing their worst inhuman acts in the name of Islam, making the religion of peace and salamati as a way of extremism and terrorism. Innalillah. But these history-creating, confidence/guidance-giving addresses of His Holiness Al-khamis will surely go a long way to make these nations, tread the path of Isalam-e-Ahmadiyyat for all the time tome, Inshaallah. Hearty Congrtulations to our dear Hazoor-e-Anwar on these outstanding works of God Almighty, being performed through His Holiness and also greetings to all those fortunate Congressmen and EU Parliamentarians as this spiritual and intellectual link and contact with His Holiness will make them the harbingers of the new Era for Humanity, leading to your overall glorified future for ever. Let Also pray that God Almighty make the new year of 2013 full of more such inspiring achievements for the glorification of Islam during the pious Fifth Manifestation of Qudrat-e-Sania, for a long period of time to come,Ameen.

  11. New year’s happy greetings with prayers for the blessings of God Almighty to all the Ahmadis and especially the readers of TMT and viewers of MTA spread in more than two hundred countries of the world. Let all of us join to say and pray that all members of Jama’at-e-Ahmadiyya may live in peace and security, by the grace of our God and do their best to promote the aims and ideals of the Promised Messiah, Masih-e-Muhammadi (alm) in their own place of living and surrounding so that Ahmadis, during this new year of 2013, with God blessings, become the majority sect amongst all the sects of Muslims. Ameen.

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