SCLT Volunteer Attends Annual Ahmadiyyan Peace Symposium
On 14 March 2015, SCLT Volunteer and member of the Minorities Outreach Team, Roger Ibrahim, attended the 12th National Peace Symposium of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community at the remarkable Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, London.
The event had an audience of more than 1000 people, including more than 600 non-Ahmadi guests comprising Government Ministers, Ambassadors of State, Members of both Houses of Parliament and various other dignitaries and guests. A special guest this year was Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. The theme of this year’s Peace Symposium was “Religion, Freedom and Peace”.
The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, delivered the keynote address at the Peace Symposium.
During his address, His Holiness spoke of the increased threat of radicalisation and warned of the potential danger it posed to the world. His Holiness spoke of the mounting conflict in both the Muslim and non-Muslim world and said that rather than religion, the root cause of today’s conflicts was an “unquenchable thirst for power, influence and resources”.
Following the event, Roger said, "I have really enjoyed the opportunity to attend this symposium and to engage with many elders from the Ahmadi community on the subject of breaking down cultural barriers between communities, so that we all understand each other a little better"
"It was truly inspirational to hear the keynote address from His Holiness, whose words were sage advice for people who strive towards a peaceful and mutualy benefical society. The Ahmadi community are, as always, wonderful hosts and I was pleased to see some old friends at the event, as well has having the opportunity to make some new ones as well"