A History and Description of the Ahmadiyya Motto: Love for All, Hatred for None

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Love for All Hatred for None is a universal motto of peace, justice, equality, love, understanding, and mutual reconciliation. The motto was coined by the third spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad (ra).

Mirza Nasir Ahmad

Hazrath Mirza Nasir Ahmad (ra) coined this motto on the occasion of the inauguration of the first mosque in Spain in the last 700 years on October 9, 1980. Elaborating on this motto he said, “Islam teaches us to live with mutual love and affection and with humility.”

Islam means Peace and in-order to uphold principles of peace, one needs mutual love and affection. How can one ensure mutual love is continuously spread, clearly with humility? I believe humility aspect is the key reason why ‘Hatred for None’ is present in the motto.  If one is humble, one acknowledges that they have many shortcomings and learns to overlook shortcomings of others which help foster an atmosphere of hatred for none.

Many dignitaries comment on their admiration for this motto but I would like to take a different approach in getting to the true meaning of this motto. One must understand that this motto is coined by an individual who had to live through one of the most difficult times in history of Ahmadiyya Community. He had to bear through his entire community being declared Non-Muslim in the Supreme Court of Pakistan which opened the Pandora ’s Box for endless persecution. His pain can’t be described in mere words.

Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad commenting on that era of persecution said,

During those days, there came certain nights when I did not sleep for a minute without praying throughout for the members of the community.”

It really makes one wonder how he was able to advocate such a peaceful message even with such a grief-stricken heart. This also reaffirms that indeed Allah is the Divine Guide of a rightfully elected Spiritual Leader.

Albeit the persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has grown in recent times, the community has still maintained the same motto. Many journalists inquire how can one truly love all and hate none?

The present spiritual leader of Ahmadiyya Community Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has set a definition of this motto which is worthy of a lifetime.

He said,

Love for all Hatred for None means we have no enmity, no jealousy, and no animosity for anybody in our hearts.”

His definition is directly in-line with lifestyle of Holy Prophet of Islam (pbuh). A woman used to hurl garbage at Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) on a daily basis as he passed by her home. One day as he was passing by her home, he saw no one hurling garbage. He went to the lady’s house to inquire why she is not hurling garbage and she responded that she is sick today. She was awestruck by his gesture.

Is this not in-line with the definition provided by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad?

No animosity in our hearts. He once commented that as Pakistan has increased in persecution of Ahmadis, our prayers have also increased for Pakistan to be saved from their current condition. This motto is not only on-paper or reserved for interviews but Ahmadiyya Muslim Community strives to be a living example of this motto.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has a charitable organization known as Humanity First which strives to help provide disaster relief all around the world. In 2005, roughly 10 Ahmadis were martyred in a region in Mong, Pakistan. Within 24 hours, one of the worst earthquakes hit remote parts of Pakistan.

The following Friday Sermon, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad gave a sermon on service to humanity and how humanity first has already started mobilizing in providing relief efforts for the areas stricken by the disaster. This is the height of Love for All Hatred for None. Even whilst grieving at martyrdoms of their community, their spirit of humanity is prevalent.

The community may not support certain conflicts occurring between nations but even in United Kingdom, they do poppy appeal to raise funds for UK soldiers. In USA, to mourn the loss of 9/11 victims, the community annually raises over 10000 bags of blood. These are practical examples of Love for All Hatred for None and there are countless more examples around the world.

When construction of Ground Zero mosque debate was at its peak, one of the most Islamic statements came from Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. He said:

If permission were granted, then the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat would want a Church, a Synagogue, a Temple and places of worship of all other religions to be built alongside it, because that would show true unity in society.” Another prime example of how Love for All Hatred for None is being practiced by this community.

Love for All Hatred for None is a truly universal message. Whenever and wherever Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivers his message of message, many non-Muslim dignitaries attend his lectures. First and foremost, he always appreciates them for coming to the event knowing full well it is being organized by a Muslim Community.

It’s Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba)’s goal to win hearts of individuals with love for all hatred for none and what a spectacular job he does in accomplishing this goal after each lecture. Many dignitaries comment that with this message of peace, true world peace has suddenly become possible.

Islam is regularly blamed for being spread by sword but even Qur’an gives the message of Love for All Hatred for None in an exemplary manner. Even when Qur’an gave permission to fight, it was in self-defense and it was because peace was at stake. If God did not allow Muslims to fight at that point, places of worship of all other religions would have been at stake as stipulated in chapter 22, verse 40 of the Qur’an. This shows that Love for All Hatred for None is not a message of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community but indeed message of Islam.

Love for all hatred for none is a message that helps maintain one’s personal life. Anytime one is affected by shortcomings of others, one is compelled to think about their motto and realize that they are told to not harbour any malice or animosity for anyone.

If the entire world was to follow this motto of love for all hatred for none in its true sense, indeed we would edge closer to world peace by leaps and bounds. Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad advocates doing good even to those who have been cruel in-hopes that their hearts would soften. May the world truly come to understand this universal motto of peace – Love for All Hatred for None.

4 replies

  1. Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad(rahmahullah) was indeed a man of peace. He was inspired, I believe, by God to come out with this motto. It has become universally acceptable by all peace-loving people. Very soon, people the world over will accept this weighty message and enter the fold of Ahmadiyya in their numbers to promote the peace brought by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(a.s), Inshallah.

  2. I think Hazrat mirza Nasir Ahmad gave this motto when He laid the foundation stone of Basharat mosque Spain in1980.The inaugeration was made by Hadrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad in 1982.

  3. Yes, it needs correction. Foundation was laid by Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad (Rah.) Khalifatul Masih III on 9th Oct. 1980 and inauguration was by Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (Rah.) , Khalifatul Masih IV in 1982.

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