Mankind’s attention needs to be drawn to serving humanity, says Khalifa of Islam
By Rohit Revo
Khalifa of Islam, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Hazrat Khalifat-ul-Masih V, Head of Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was invited to Australia by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Australia recently where he delivered a key note address to over 600 invited guests which included people from all walks of professions and different religions. Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth Khalifa (Caliph) was greeted by followers ans well wishers at the Baitul Huda Mosque in Marsden Park.
Since being elected Khalifa, His Holiness has been leading a worldwide campaign to convey the peaceful message of Islam. He presents the readings of Holy Quran and said Islam champions’ peace, loyalty to one’s country of residence and service to humanity.
Conducted in one of the most organised ways, inside the serene and spacious Baitul Huda Mosque, Australian Ahmediyya community earned the love and respect of all those who attended the event. Every member of the Ahmediyya community made it a point to talk to and engage with the audience and spread the word about their community and its activities. Volunteers stood at various points to escort cars and families and repeated this at the end of the program.
In his keynote address, he said, “Ahmadiyya jamat is a peace loving community. It is a community that not only promotes peace but also conducts its activities in peace.”
“The basic Islamic commandment that Islam teaches Muslims is to show gratitude and appreciation where due. Muslims who do not propose thanks for gratitude are not pleasing God. Gratitude is a religious duty for any Muslim. For all true Muslims offering thanks is a necessary element of Islam’s teaching we should perform. Gratitude is not merely a moral obligation or courtesy, it is the greatest duty of every Muslim.”
Asking everyone to trust mankind, he said, “Holy Prophet Prophesised that a time would come when practice of Muslims would go far away from the original teachings and this decline would continue for around 1000 years and then God Almighty would send a person to guide Muslims. Ahmediyya Muslims believe our founder Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was sent by God as the Imam and Messiah and he established a community of his followers. He took upon himself to remove the malice between God and his people. All persons should engage their friends.”
“Ahmediyya should fulfil rights to God and should also fulfil rights to God’s creations. These can be the principles for establishing world peace. Neither personal grievances nor national grievances should lead. Fairness should prevail. Adopt righteousness. Very high standards laid by Allah,” he added.
“This hall has been named as the Khilafat (successor) Hall. Any successor’s task is to continue the task laid down by his predecessor. Ahmediyyas remain constantly reminded of these activities. Ahmediyya community in Australia continued the work over 100 years. This hall was completed to mark the 100 years of Khilafat movement.”
“Accept the truth of second part of prophecy to follow Khilafat. Khilafat is a source of peace and tranquillity to all Ahmediyyas. We need to avoid wars and fulfil rights to each other and put an end to religious warfare. Mankind’s attention needs to be drawn to serving humanity. In 1990, situation in Iraq, 4th Khalifa said the peace in the whole world would be destroyed. Today conflict continues to plague the world. We are on the brink of a global war. War will have a horrific impact on the future. Don’t consider the conflicts of today’s world to be minor,” he warned.
“Man can’t escape the results of his actions. I ask all of you to raise your voice against all forms of corruption and injustice,” he added.
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells representing the Prime Minister Tony Abbott, acknowledged the critical contribution of Muslims to Australia and said the contribution of Ahmediayya Muslims goes back to a century in Australia.
Ed Husic, Federal MP from Chiefly, said, “Only 4 times in 100 years have we been able to welcome Ahmediyya head to Australia. Your presence tonight is welcomed because of your understanding in bringing peace to the world. Your visit will be remembered and treasured for years to come.”
MP Philip Ruddock said the presence of so many MPs from different party lines demonstrated the respect in which Ahmediyyas were held in Australia.
Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism was given a cheque for 20,000 dollars by the Ahmediya Muslim Association for the Bush Fire Appeal.
Riverstone MP, Kevin Conolly, Parramatta MP Julie Owens, Greenway MP Michelle Rowland attended the event, apart from State MPs John Robertson, Guy Zanghari, MLC Shaoquett Mosalmane and MLC David Clarke. Indian Consul General Arun Goel also attended the event and shared a few notes with His Holiness.
Khalifa’s visit to Australia was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of his followers and on the weekend, more than 4000 Muslims visit the Marsden Park mosque to catch a glimpse of him.