Theydon Bois hosts international Muslim peace event

Guardian: by David Eggboro —

An international Muslim group, which runs the largest mosque in London, has celebrated its centenary year in the UK at an event in Theydon Bois.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, which aims to promote a positive image of Islam, held the event at Theydon Bois Village Hall on Saturday.

Ahmadiyya Muslims vary from mainstream Islamic belief in that they believe Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who lived between 1835 and 1908, was a prophet.

The community is persecuted in some countries and they are not even recognised as Muslims in Pakistan.

Referring to the killing of Lee Rigby last year, association president Rafiq Ahmed Hayat said: “Some people forget the fundamental teachings of their faith and some are misconstrued and used to gain power.

“The killers of Lee Rigby were two criminals using the name of Islam to carry out their acts.

“Islam allows aggression to defend yourself but does not allow indiscriminate killing which has nothing to do with faith.”

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