The Muslim equivalent of the Pope fears the unrest in Syria will spread to other parts of the world.
Caliph of Ahmadiyya: Unrest in Syria could spread across the world
Caliph of Ahmadiyya, Mirza Masroor Ahmad is in Australia, speaking with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
He caught up with the Mt Druitt Standard this week to talk about his position, worldwide issues and the Muslim culture.
“Both parties – the ruler and people – should behave in a civilised way,” he said in regards to Syria.
“Secular groups, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have ruined almost 70 per cent of the country.
“There is a fear in the country, there is fear of peace for the region and that it could spread to the world.”
During his visit to the Marsden Park mosque, he will spend up to three minutes with each family, speaking about their issues and sharing his message of peace, harmony and love.
On the weekend, more than 4000 Muslims are expected to visit the Marsden Park mosque to speak with or catch a glimpse of His Holiness.
Mirza Sharif, who is from the Marsden Park Ahmadiyya community said having the Caliph visit was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“Families will line up and spend up to three minutes with His Holiness to talk about their troubles,” he said.
“He is the equivalent of the Pope in our religion – he is elected the same way as the Pope and our Muslim community is the only in the world to be lead by one person.”
His Holiness said where he goes, his main purpose was to “meet the community, see the progress and how they’re doing”.
His advice to individuals to help create peace was to discharge themselves with respect in the community.
“We are all creations of God and God loves his creations, therefore we need to behave in a manner of good,” he said.
When the Caliph was elected as the leader for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in 2003, he said he didn’t know until the last minute.
This is despite having dedicated his life to the community at an age of 27.
“An election was held … like the election of the Pope is held,” he said.
“Nobody knows which name is proposed, but there is an electoral call where heads of different countries, missionaries and executive members vote.”
He said if he’d known that he would become the leader, he would have “run to the hills”.
At the time of being elected as Caliph, His Holiness was the head of Ahmadiyya in Pakistan.