Milton Ahmadis share plan for world peace at Dinner with Muslims

Members of Milton’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at shared the group’s pathway to world peace with 100 attendees on Wednesday.

News 04:27 PM by Saira Peesker Milton Canadian Champion

At ‘Dinner with Muslims’ on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, about 100 community members joined Milton’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at at Paramount Middle Eastern Kitchen to speak about the religion and its views on world peace. – Saira Peesker/Metroland

At ‘Dinner with Muslims’ on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, about 100 community members joined Milton’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at at Paramount Middle Eastern Kitchen to speak about the religion and its views on world peace. – Saira Peesker/Metroland

At ‘Dinner with Muslims’ on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, about 100 community members joined Milton’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at at Paramount Middle Eastern Kitchen to speak about the religion and its views on world peace. – Saira Peesker/Metroland

Milton’s Ahmadi Muslims were joined by about 100 diverse community members on Jan. 23 for a group dinner — and to share a plan they believe can achieve peace on earth.

At “Dinner with Muslims,” held at Paramount Middle Eastern Kitchen, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at discussed their sect of Islam and laid out the religion’s “Pathway to Peace.” The nine tenets of the plan are: recognition of one God, rejecting extremism, eliminating weapons profiteering, global unity among nations, loyalty to one’s country of residence, eradicating poverty, upholding justice and human rights, nuclear disarmament and service to humanity.

“There is an urgent need for mankind to recognize the Creator, this is the only path to (peace),” Maqbool Sheikh, the Milton congregation’s director of advocacy and public relations, told the crowd. That tenet may represent a particular challenge: there are numerous religions that believe in multiple gods, such as Hinduism and Shintoism, and many people who don’t believe in a creator at all, such as atheists.

Sheikh also focused heavily on words from the Qur’an that forbid extremism: “seek not to create disorder in the earth.” He said the vast majority of Muslims believe it is a sin to harm another person. “ISIS doesn’t represent Islam, the (same) way the KKK doesn’t represent Christianity.
“What we’re trying to do today is discredit some of the ideas (about Islam) that are out there,” said Sheikh.
According to literature handed out at the event, Ahmadi Muslims believe Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who lived between 1835 and 1908, is the messiah foretold in the texts of many different religions. After beginning in India, the sect has spread around the world. It has been led by a series of caliphs; currently Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who resides in London, U.K.

Members of the sect have been persecuted in several Muslim countries, where many people believe the Prophet Mohammed was God’s final messenger.

The Milton Ahmadi congregation’s imam, Asfand Ahmad, says Muslims of all sects face discrimination locally as well. He recounted a time at an Oakville event where he was told to “go back to (his) country.

“I was like, ‘This is my country. I’m not going anywhere’,” Ahmad said. “There is a misconception. It is unfortunate. In some areas, Muslims are not considered human beings.”

Mayor Gord Krantz was among the attendees and extolled the group’s commitment to community service through various fundraising programs, including its Run for Milton.

“You’d be surprised how much this group does for the community,” said Krantz, before dropping a zinger that left the crowd laughing. “There’s only two type of people in this world: Miltonians and those who wish they were.”

by Saira Peesker
Saira Peesker is a reporter with the Burlington Post, Oakville Beaver and Milton Canadian Champion.
Email: speesker@metroland.com Facebook

source:

https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/9142732-milton-ahmadis-share-plan-for-world-peace-at-dinner-with-muslims/

1 reply

  1. I think this was a really great effort by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at. They were able to communicate with 100 diverse members of the community and spread the true message of Islam. This is also great because by doing this, if any of the community members had doubts or questions they can get answers as there are many false things being spread by media about Muslims and Islam. I hope these types of initiatives create more peace and strong relationships between different religions.

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