By Laiq Ahmad Atif
English translation of an article published in the TORCA in Maltese language.
Peace, tranquility and serenity are so valuable fruits of life that everyone wants to benefits to the utmost. Those people who have worked for peace throughout their lives are people of high values and deserve that the world remembers and salutes their memory in the best way possible because they are the heroes of mankind; they loved humanity and had a pure and kind heart for everyone.
Nelson Mandela is one of those noble and precious personalities who have worked hard for peace and human dignity. Nelson Mandela is a clear example of determination, struggle and passion. He showed how a determined person with high and firm aims can do miracles and can change the critical situation of the world into a world of peace and common good. He is really a symbol of peace, unity, forgiveness, love, dignity and reconciliation.
There are thousands of people who commend the work of Nelson Mandela; and his memory will remain fresh and alive in the minds of thousands of people for years to come. Mandela, will undoubtedly be remembered as a beacon of peace and hope. I salute to Mandela. May you rest in peace forever.
Recently I read an article in FoxNews.com where the writer says in a critical tone that: “Where is the Muslim Mandela?” In this article the writer has mentioned many incidents of terrorism and violence around the world where some Muslims were convicted.
The writer also asks: “Where among the 1.56 billion Muslims is our Mandela? And says that: “Because we lack a Muslim Mandela to show us the way to peace and reconciliation, we Muslims must each look to ourselves for ways to defy the radical Islamist, to protect the vulnerable among us.”
In this article many issues have been mentioned, but I would like to answer her question and would like to bring to her attention that there is a Muslim Mandela – who works day and night to spread the message of peace and to show the way that leads to peace and serenity. Recently one of his books with a tile “World crisis and the pathway to peace” was published, in which he has discussed the means to peace and has presented numerous solutions, suggestions and basic principles that are important and crucial for the establishment of peace around the world as well as in the Muslim countries.
The Muslim Mandela is that who urges the world towards peace, sympathy, harmony, religious freedom and declares that “acceptance of faith is a matter between man and his God, and you should not interfere in this in any way. Everyone is permitted to live according to his faith and to perform his religious rituals.”
Perhaps this is why the U.S. House of Representatives introduced an unprecedented resolution recognizing the Muslim Mandela as “a man of peace.” And was presented with a golden key by the City Council of Los Angeles, declaring: “This Key is reserved for only the most honoured people on Earth.”
The Muslim Mandela responses to the world challenges through opening of many clinics and hospitals that offer medical assistance to those in need, and schools that offer free secular education for all children – both Muslims and non-Muslims, without any discrimination. He inaugurated a large number of social and humanitarian projects to help in the development of poor and underdeveloped countries and to offer assistance to victims of wars and natural disasters.
The Muslim Mandela has travelled globally to promote and facilitate service to humanity; and has addressed some very important meetings in Capitol Hill, Washington DC, in the European Parliament, the German Military Headquarters and in the British Parliament among others. Wherever he goes, he highlights the importance of absolute justice, human dignity, equality, human rights, and unreservedly condemns violence and terrorism in any form and for any reason, and says that: “Islam does not permit cruelty or oppression in any way, shape or form. These barbaric acts are completely against true teachings of Islam.”
Under his spiritual leadership millions of leaflets with the messages of peace, loyalty and service to mankind were distributed around the globe; many inter-faith conferences and peace symposiums where a number of distinguished guests from all walks of life gather and share their thoughts about the promotion of long-lasting peace and harmony.
Without any doubt, like President Mandela, the Muslim Mandela is also a great symbol of forgiveness, hard-work, sympathy, love, unity, solidarity, reconciliation, prayer and hope.
Come and meet with the Muslim Mandela and that is Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Khalifa of Islam and Spiritual Leader of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
This is a man that the Muslim world needs, because he speaks clearly and fearlessly and presents solutions to their crisis, problems and conflicts. He presents practical and sustainable solutions, according to the teachings of the Holy Quran, to the critical situation in Syria, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in Iraq and to other countries, which are heavily threatened by crises.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad warn the world and says that: “Nowadays, when the world again is getting divided into blocs; extremism is escalating; and the financial and economic situation is worsening, there is an urgent need to end all kinds of hatred and to lay the foundations of peace… Time is running out, and before it is too late we must all pay great heed and attention to the needs of the time… Therefore, to improve the situation and for peace to develop, requires all parties to work together.”
“We feel extreme pain and anguish in our hearts at the state of the world. It is that pain which drives us in our efforts to try and save humanity from destruction and suffering. Therefore, I and all other Ahmadi Muslims are striving to fulfill our responsibilities towards achieving peace in the world.”
His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continues:
“God Willing, the Ahmadiyya Khilafat will always be known as the standard-bearer of peace and harmony in the world, as well as be loyal to the country in which members reside.”