Official Transcript of Address by Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to Dutch Guests at the Jalsa Salana Holland 2019
On Saturday 28thSeptember 2019, the Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifah (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) addressed an audience of more than 125 dignitaries and guests on the second day of the 39thAnnual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Holland.
The Review of Religions is pleased to present the official transcript of this address below.
After reciting Tashahhud, Ta’awwuz and Bismillah, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Fifth Khalifah (Caliph) said:
“All distinguished guests, Assalamo Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahe WaBarakatohu – peace and blessings of Allah be upon you all.
First of all, I would like to thank all of our guests, who have accepted our invitation and joined us here today, even though much has been said against Islam and its founder in recent years.
In fact, a concerted attempt has been made to spread hatred and misinformation about Islam and to malign the character of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). In light of this, your attendance at this religious event, hosted by a Muslim community, testifies to your open hearts and broad-mindedness and for this, I can only commend and thank you.
I pray that this generous and tolerant spirit always remains within you and that it spreads much further afield so that the people of all communities can live together in peace and with a spirit of mutual love and respect.
We, Ahmadi Muslims, firmly believe that religion is a personal matter for every individual. It is a matter of the heart and no one has the right to speak ill of the beliefs of other people.
No one should mock what others consider sacred, because treating other people with derision and contempt can only lead to pain and suffering and create division.
Conversely, tolerance and mutual respect are the cornerstones through which we can build a peaceful and harmonious society.
As I have mentioned, the character of the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has long been slandered and distorted in the non-Muslim world. Here in Holland as well, certain people have taken the lead in inciting hatred against Islam and making utterly false and horrific assertions about the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
In this regard, I shall, in the short time available, speak about Islam’s true teachings and the character of its founder (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). However, before proceeding, I would like to speak, more generally, about what constitutes peace and why it is so important.
Undoubtedly, at a personal level, peace is something we all desire, whilst at a broader level, it is something that different nations and communities claim to aspire towards.
However, what is peace and why do we need it?
In my view, there are two types of peace.
There is outward peace and inner peace.
Often, at a superficial level, people can appear to be happy and content.
Yet, though they have outward peace, they remain bereft of inner peace.
For example, powerful and influential people often speak about developing peace and they personally possess all the trappings and comforts of the world.
Nevertheless, many admit that they remain in search of peace of mind and are consumed by tension and vexation.
From a purely external and material point of view, they have all that they need, yet their minds remain plagued by anxiety and their hearts remain unfulfilled.
Thus, the reality is …continue reading @ reviewofreligions.org
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