Message from Her Excellency, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of Malta, for the ‘Interfaith Session’ held at the Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana Malta 2018) on Sunday, 2 December.
The theme of this year’s Interfaith Session was ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’.
On Sunday, 2 December 2018, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta held its 2nd Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) at the ‘Ċentru Familja Mqaddsa’, Msida, Malta.
This was the second Jalsa Salana in Malta; it was divided into two sessions. First session was chaired by Imam Haider Ali Zafar Sahib, Vice President of Jamaat Ahmadiyya Germany. A special message from the Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) was read out at the convention.
In his message His Holiness highlighted the ‘importance of constantly striving to become rightful Ahmadi Muslims’ and said:
“I urge you to constantly self-reflect and improve your inner selves; continually increase in goodness and righteousness; conduct yourselves in the best manner in your every deed and action; be kind, considerate and caring to all of Allah’s creatures and especially to your fellow human beings; and always remain exemplary Ahmadi Muslims.”
He said, in this regard, the Promised Messiah (as) has explained:
“The purpose of their joining the Movement and establishing with me a relationship like that of a disciple is that they should achieve a high degree of piety and righteousness. No wrongdoing or mischief should ever come near them. They should offer the five daily Prayers regularly and with congregation, and should not lie nor hurt anyone by their tongues. They should not be guilty of any kind of vice and should not let even a thought of mischief, wrongdoing or transgression pass through their minds. They should shun every type of sin, offence, undesirable speech and action, as well as all egoistic passions and unruly behaviour. They should become pure-hearted, harmless and meek servants of God Almighty, and no poisonous germ should flourish in their beings.” (Majmu‘ah Ishtiharat, vol. 3, pp. 46)
Speeches on different subjects were delivered in both English and Urdu languages. These speeches included: The Beauty and Glory of the Holy Quran by Haseeb Rahman Sahib, The Purpose of Life is to Worship Almighty Allah by Imam Laiq Ahmed Atif and concluding speech was delivered by Imam Haider Ali Zafar Sahib who emphasised about the importance and blessings of Khilafat – Spiritual Muslim Leadership; he also discussed the social and moral issues and presented solutions from Islamic teachings. Ameen was also held for the children who have successfully completed the recitation of the Holy Quran for the first time. First session was concluded with silent prayer. After a break second session titled ‘Interfaith Session’ was held (further reporting separately).
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta organised an ‘Interfaith Session’ at its Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) on 2nd December 2018 held at the ‘Centru Familja Mqaddsa’ Msida. The theme of this year’s interfaith session was ‘Love for all, hatred for none’.
For highlighting this unique message of love, compassion and respect, all the participants of the annual convention were wearing the badges with the message of ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’, as a manifestation of harmony, unity, peace and brotherhood. The badges were printed on red and white colours – the colours of the Maltese flag – to further extend the message of unity and loyalty.
Her Excellency, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of Malta, very graciously sent her video message for the convention and she highlighted the importance of interfaith dialogue and commended ‘the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Malta for their commitment to pursue the building of peace through respect’. She said ‘promoting interfaith dialogue is essential. Dialogue ensures the much needed development for the social and economic and environmental sectors of our countries. I believe that all faith traditions contribute to our human family’.
After the recitation of the Holy Quran, in his opening remarks, Imam Haider Ali Zafar Sahib explained the Purpose of the Jalsa Salana. This session was addressed by Hon. Ivan Bartolo, Member of Parliament, Ms. Margaret Baldacchino Cefai, Mayor of Msida, Rev. John Anthony Berry, secretary of the Diocesan Commission for the interreligious dialogue, Rev, Kim Hurst of St. Andrew’s Scots Church, Mr. Conrad Borg Manché, Mayor of Gzira, Mr. Ignatius Farrugia, Mayor of Zurrieq, Ms. Mary Gauci, MEP Candidate and Ms. Myrabelle Corlett, Chairperson of WFWP Malta.
The ‘Interfaith Session’ was concluded with the speech by Imam Laiq Ahmed Atif, president Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Malta. The topic of his speech was ‘Inter-Religious Peace’. He presented all-times feasible and practicable guiding principles from the teachings of the Holy Quran and the noble examples of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him, for the establishment of tolerant, harmonious, prosperous and peaceful inter-religious societies.
Ahmadiyya organised an Interfaith Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzNLn2vtnl4
Second Jalsa Salana Malta 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6809&v=37YsfyyJ-uU
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