Ahmadiyya Caliph and Archbishop of Canterbury speak of need for worldwide religious freedom

Fazl mosque

On 10 October 2017, the Most Reverend, the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace, Justin Welby visited London’s oldest Mosque, the Fazl Mosque where he met with the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.

Earlier, the Archbishop also visited the largest Mosque in Western Europe, the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden.

During the meeting, the Caliph and the Archbishop discussed the continued persecution of religious minorities in various parts of the world.

His Holiness informed the Archbishop that he himself had been falsely imprisoned in Pakistan in 1999 prior to his election as Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

During the meeting, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad spoke of the need for ‘tolerance’ in society and for ‘mutual respect’ to be displayed by all people and communities. He said that it was imperative that people had the right to practice their religion freely and without any form of coercion.

The meeting concluded as His Holiness presented the Archbishop with a copy of the Holy Quran, including both the original Arabic text and the English translation.

Following the meeting, the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace, Justin Welby said during an interview with MTA News:

It was a great honour to meet His Holiness (Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad). It was a wonderful meeting, hospitable and warm…

We spoke principally about the issues of persecution, which is something the Ahmadiyya Community is well aware of and suffers hugely and we also spoke about the nature of religious extremism around the world in the different faiths and the importance of faith communities in the United Kingdom standing together, both for the common good of the country and for each other’s support.

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2 replies

  1. Dear Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters, please note that when these leaders met they did not debate or even discuss religious dogma or even genuine beliefs, rather focused mostly on religious freedom and in that sense human rights.

    Freedom of conscience and religion and human rights are the key issues of our times and let us always be focused on those rather than ever so often get side tracked towards parochial interests of religious groups or other forms of bigotry.

    One important aspect of it is to focus on secularism in our public life and not bring out the Muslim or for that matter or the Christian ‘Shariah Law’ in one disguise or the other.

  2. @ Zia H Khan— Freedom of conscience and religion and human rights are the key issues of our times and let us always be focused on those rather than ever so often get side tracked towards parochial interests of religious groups or other forms of bigotry.====

    I agree 100 percent, our main issue today in Islamic countries where They Reject Human Right, whereas Human Right is tenet ofIslamic traching as well Christianity too.
    Most Christianity countries obeh Human Right that is why Christian can provide peace for its citizen and happiness.
    So Christian is a Religion of peace, love and mercy.

    Do you agree Mr. Zia?

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