Pete and I visited New Zealand’s largest mosque which belongs to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community April this year. They spoke of their commitment to peace with all faiths. A recent meeting that they arranged in Auckland is a testimony to their actions matching their words.
I was interested to know if representatives from Sunni Islam and Shia Islam were at the meeting as most if not all of them do not recognise the Ahmadiyya community as being true Muslims. I sent an e-mail to one of the men I met at the Mosque and he kindly replied saying that, “the peace conference was attended by other Muslim members as well.”
The Ahmadiyya community needs to be recognised for their commitment to peace between all religions. They have even written a book about it.
We are very quick to condemn Muslim leaders for not speaking out after Islamic terrorist attacks and condemning the slaughter. We cannot condemn the Ahmadiyya Muslim community for lack of words or action. They represent Muslims in New Zealand who are accepting of those with different beliefs to themselves and who wholeheartedly condemn the slaughter of Muslims and non-Muslims alike. If New Zealand is to stay free of the terror and strife already rampant in Europe we must make the most of every advantage at our disposal. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community wants New Zealand to remain conflict and terrorism free as much as we non-Muslims do and they are doing their part to help keep it that way.
Faith leaders from several mainstream religions joined hands today to find ways to achieve lasting peace. The meeting in Auckland was arranged by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New Zealand and was entitled, Justice: The Foundation for Lasting Peace.