prnewswire.co.uk: LONDON, November 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
The 11th National Peace Symposium of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK will honour the Christian founder of school feeding charity Mary’s Meals, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, at its prize ceremony in London on Saturday (8th November).
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, which strongly rejects violence and terrorism in any form and for any reason, founded the prize to recognise important contributions to the advancement of global peace.
Mary’s Meals is a global movement, founded by MacFarlane-Barrow in 2002, which sets up community-run school feeding programmes in some of the world’s poorest communities. By providing a nutritious daily meal in school, Mary’s Meals attracts chronically hungry children to the classroom, where they can receive an education that can be their first step on the ladder out of poverty.
The National Peace Symposium prize-giving ceremony will take place at Western Europe’s largest Mosque-The Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, London. MacFarlane-Barrow will receive his prize from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caliph, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who leads the global community that is established in 206 countries and lives by its motto of ‘Love for All Hatred for None’.
His Holiness will deliver the keynote address on Caliphate and peace. Condemning the horrific acts of extremists, he said:
“As Muslims it is our duty to remind people of the true and peaceful nature of Islam. In fact all religions taught peace as can be seen from the lives of all prophets. I call upon all good natured people to unite against hate and through prayer and perseverance work to bring peace to the world.”
Other distinguished guests at the event include Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening; Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey; and Catholic Archbishop Kevin McDonald, who will all be speaking at the event.
Rafiq Hayat, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK said:
“It will be a privilege to welcome Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow at our landmark event. His fantastic work is an inspiration for us all and we are delighted to honour him. In these turbulent times we must do even more to promote, education, justice and peace. This is the message of our Caliph and is the need of the hour.”