Thousands of Muslims gathered at the UK’s largest mosque to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Ahmadiyya community over the weekend.
At a service in the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden on Friday, March 21, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, international leader of the Ahmadiyya community, delivered a sermon broadcast to millions of followers in 204 countries around the world.
London has become the centre of the Ahmadiyya community, with thousands of members fleeing Asian, African and Arabic countries where they have faced persecution for their belief in the second prophet.
The current leader, who is the fifth successor to the community’s founder, has lived at the London mosque in Southfieldssince 2003, when he was elected to rule and exiled from his native Pakistan.
In his sermon, attended by 4,000 people and delivered in Urdu, he spoke about the signs foretold by the prophet Muhammad about the coming of the Messiah which members believe verify the authenticity of their founder and asked members to pray for peace in war-torn countries like Syria and Ukraine.
The Baitul Futuh Mosque in London Road, which spans 5.2 acres, was opened in 2003.