Celebrating 50 years
The Caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has called upon all communities to reject hatred and differences and spread the message of peace and love.
Thousands of Ahmadis from around the world were in Peel region over the Thanksgiving long weekend to celebrate 50 years of Ahmaddiyya Muslim Jama’at in Canada.
The Caliph hoisted the Jama’at flag to launch the 40th Jalsa Salana (annual convention) in Mississauga.
The world head of the Jama’at, who is based in the United Kingdom, later delivered the Friday sermon and addressed thousands of his followers at the jam-packed gathering at an International Centre hall.
Ahmad said the message ‘love for all and hatred for none’ is important for all citizens of the world to follow.
He said Canada is a great multicultural county where people of all faiths have freedom of speech and freedom to practice their religion.
The Caliph also highlighted the necessity for Muslims to inculcate true Islamic values in daily life in order to maintain a harmonious society and urged women to play their role in helping children become contributing members of society.
Ahmadiyya Muslim movement was founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in March 1889. Ahmadiyya adherents believe that Ahmad appeared in the likeness of Jesus to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice, and peace.
Worldwide Islamic states consider Ahamadi sect as a separate religion. Even they are not allowed to visit Saudi Arabia for pilgrim purposes. And instead, they visit their holy places in Qadian, a town in India where the movement founder was born in 1835.
They also visit Rabwah, officially Chenab Nagar, which is located in the city of Chiniot in Pakistani Punjab province. Rabwah is also considered the headquarters of Ahmadis.
After Indian partition in 1947, the majority of Ahamadi, including the Caliph, migrated to Pakistan and inhabited Rabwah.
The three-day convention concluded on Sunday, Oct. 9.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on Oct. 12 to replace a derogatory term used to refer to Ahmadi Muslims. The News regrets the error.