Every mosque should be ‘a beacon of peace and sympathy for mankind’ – Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Bait ul afiyat

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New Ahmadiyya Mosque opened in Almere by Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that on 1stOctober 2019, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurated the Baitul Afiyat Mosque (The House of Peace and Security) in Almere, Holland.

Baitul Afiyat

Upon arrival, His Holiness officially inaugurated the Mosque by unveiling a commemorative plaque and offering a silent prayer in thanks to God Almighty.

Later, a special reception, attended by around 80 dignitaries and guests was held to mark the opening of the Mosque.

The highlight of the event was the keynote address delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad during which he explained the true purposes of Mosques and highlighted the importance of fulfilling the rights of mankind in light of the teachings of Islam.

His Holiness started by thanking all the attendees for their openness and commitment to diversity.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“First of all, I would like to thank all of you for accepting our invitation and joining us at the opening of our new Mosque here in Almere. In today’s world, many people living in the Western world harbour suspicions about Islam and Muslims. In fact, it is no exaggeration to suggest that many people fear the religion of Islam and its followers.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“Hence, the fact that you have accepted our invitation, proves that you are open-hearted people and aspire to forge bonds of friendship between the people of different communities and beliefs. It illustrates your desire for inter-faith dialogue and shows you recognise the importance of upholding human values.”

His Holiness also explained that freedom of religion is a key teaching in Islam.

Explaining this further, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Our faith teaches us that religion is a matter of the heart and it is for each individual to determine his or her own path, free from any form of coercion. In this regard, the Holy Quran explicitly states that there should be no compulsion in matters of religion.”

His Holiness emphasised on the importance of dispelling stereotypes and misconceptions through dialogue.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Taking the time to learn about the faiths and beliefs of others is a crucial way of knocking down the barriers that divide us and exposing those myths that often cultivate unnecessary anxiety and trepidation.”

His Holiness spoke about the negative image that many non-Muslims have of Islam and then explained some of the key purposes of a mosque in order to ‘alleviate any apprehensions’ of the local community.

Read further in the press release

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