The Aafiyat Mosque inaugurated by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that on 10 April 2017, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurated the Aafiyat Mosque (Mosque of Peace and Security) in the German city of Waldshut-Tiengen. It is the 50th Mosque of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany.
Upon arrival in Waldshut-Tiengen, His Holiness officially inaugurated the Mosque by unveiling a commemorative plaque and offering a silent prayer in thanks to God Almighty before leading the Zuhr and Asr prayers.
Thereafter, a special reception, attended by 110 dignitaries and guests, was held to mark the opening of the Mosque, during which Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered the keynote address in which he outlined the objectives of Mosques and explained the true teachings of Islam.
His Holiness began by appreciating the fact that Waldshut-Tiengen was a city comprising of people from many different ethnicities and backgrounds living together peacefully.
His Holiness said Islam taught people to set aside their differences for the common good and to live together with mutual respect.
He said that the Holy Quran’s teachings were a means of bringing people together, rather than driving them apart.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“We believe that prophets were sent to all nations and peoples and we believe in the truth of them all. Given that they were all sent by Allah, how could it be possible that He desired for conflicts and wars between the people of different faiths and beliefs?”
Addressing misunderstandings that exist about the wars fought during the early period of Islam, His Holiness explained that permission for a defensive war was granted to the early Muslims only following a period of sustained persecution against them.
Furthermore, permission was granted in order to ensure the universal principle of religious freedom was established once and for all.
His Holiness referred to chapter 22 verse 41 of the Holy Quran, which states:
“And if Allah did not repel some men by means of others, there would surely have been pulled down cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is oft commemorated.”