Bangalore, 29, January, 2017: Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka Shri. Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala inaugurates the PEACE SYMPOSIUM 2017 organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Bangalore at The Grand Magrath Hotel.
Country’s National Anthem was sung upon Arrival & Departure of Hon. Governor of Karnataka
The topic of the Peace Symposium was “Absolute Justice – the Foundation for Lasting Peace”.
The program began with the customary recitation of the Holy Quran.
Mr. Shiraz Ahmad, the Additional Executive Director of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community India was also present for the event.
Eminent personalities like Prof. Dr. Baraguru Ramachandrappa (Kannada Writer & Scholar), Justice H N Nagamohan Das (Former Judge of High Court Karnataka) & Dr. K B Linge Gowda (Director of Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology Bengaluru) were the Guests of Honor.
Revered Religious Leaders like Dr. Fr. Victor Lobo SJ (Bangalore Archdiocese & Principal of St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore), Prof. Harjinder Singh Bhatia (Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha), Venerable Kassapa Mahathera (President of the Maha Bodhi Society), along with Moulvi Mir Abdul Hameed Sahib (Missionary Incharge of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Bengaluru), Mr. Musaddiq Ahmed (President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Bengaluru) and Mr. Moulvi Fazlu Rehman Bhatti (External Affairs Ahmadiyya Muslim Community India) graced the occasion with their presence.
While addressing the gathering, the Honorable Governor of Karnataka expressed happiness at the efforts of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community towards establishing World Peace and appreciated the efforts made to bring people from different social backgrounds for the symposium.
He also shared valuable advise with the audience and emphasized that every Religion in it’s essence preaches love & peace, and that there is a need for respecting basic human values, our families & most importantly, to respect our mothers & women in general. He also vowed that the peaceful message of this program should not merely remain confined to such Symposiums, instead it should be carried far & wide by everyone present.
Although the world wide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Sahib was not personally present for the program, a documentary containing his message for world Peace was presented before the audience.
The Keynote Speech was delivered by Mr. Shiraz Ahmad Sahib, the Additional Executive Director of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community India.
In his speech, he mentioned that the foundation for lasting peace rests upon the creation of a bond with our Creator and His creation (through service). He also emphasized the fact that Islam rejects all forms of terrorism and supported this view by quoting the following verse from the Holy Quran: “Whosoever killed a person… it shall be as if he had killed all mankind.” (5:33).
Honorable Governor gifted with Momento by Mr. Shiraz Ahmad the Additional Executive Director of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
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An introduction to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast growing International Revivalist Movement within Islam which was founded in 1889 in India (Punjab). It is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long awaited Messiah / Mehdi has come in the person of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (a.s) (1835 – 1908) of Qadian (Punjab). The community believes that he was the promised reformer who would end religious wars, condemn bloodshed, and reinstitute morality, justice & peace. Over a century ago, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (a.s) emphatically declared that an aggressive “Jihad by the sword” had NO place in Islam. Thereby divesting Islam of fanatical beliefs & in turn championing Islam’s true & essential teachings of Peace.
Today, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is established in 209 countries of the world. The current Spiritual Head of the Community is Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (a.b.a). He is the 5th Successor of the Promised Messiah (a.s). Truly a “Man of Peace”, he has travelled extensively throughout the world to convey Islam’s Message of Peace and to remind World Leaders about their responsibility to establish lasting peace on Earth, which will be possible by upholding Justice at all times.
Ever since it’s inception, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been organizing events throughout the world for promoting peace and mutual understanding among the different communities and Faiths in society. The Community has conducted several Peace Symposiums throughout the world, with the sole aim of providing a platform to people from all walks of life, to unite their energies & to direct them towards building a Peaceful World for all of us & for our generations to come. Each year the symposium attracts many serving Ministers, Parliamentarians, Politicians, Religious Leaders and other Dignitaries.
This year more than 260 highly educated intellectuals, academicians, politicians, doctors, judges, lawyers, Administrative services, police Department higher ups, NGOs and many respectable people of society, attended the gathering.
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