“Our religion seeks to bring people together through love and dialogue and never through force or fear” – Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that on 12 May 2018, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurated the Baitul Muqeet Mosque (House of the All Powerful God) in Walsall in the West Midlands region of England.
Upon arrival, His Holiness officially inaugurated the Mosque by unveiling a commemorative plaque and offering a silent prayer in thanks to God Almighty. Thereafter, His Holiness led the Asr prayers at the Mosque before addressing the local Ahmadi Muslims.
Later, a special reception, attended by various dignitaries and guests, was held at the Mosque to mark its opening.
The highlight of the event was the keynote address delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, during which he categorically stated that Islam rejected all forms of terrorism and extremism.
He also praised the “open hearts and open minds” of the local people for permitting the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to build a Mosque and contrasted such religious freedom with the situation of Ahmadi Muslims in certain other countries, where they are persecuted and unable to practice their faith openly and freely.
His Holiness began by addressing potential concerns of the local people about the opening of the new Mosque.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
Some of you, whether amongst our neighbours or other guests, may feel a degree of trepidation and harbour reservations about this Mosque. You may fear that it will be used to sow seeds of division in society or to inflame tensions between different communities.