Tens of Thousands of Muslims to Converge on UK for Islamic Conference - Ministers to praise work of London-based Caliph

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Imams from more than 50 countries will be present together with 30,000 delegates from far afield as South Asia, New Zealand, North America, Africa and many countries in the EU to reaffirm Islam’s rejection of fanaticisms. Tight security will be in place for the event that will challenge head on the question of Islam’s role in the modern world and the need for the Muslim world to take meaningful steps to uphold the peaceful principles of Islam and defend the rights of people of all faiths and of no faith.

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We call upon all Imams, if they truly believe in the message of the Quran, to lead the way and reject all forms of hatred and work for social harmony

A major Islamic conference is being held on 21-23 August in the leafy surroundings of Hampshire to discuss Islam’s response to contemporary issues. Imams from more than 50 countries will be present together with 30,000 delegates from far afield as South Asia, New Zealand, North America, Africa and many countries in the EU to reaffirm Islam’s rejection of fanaticisms.

Tight security will be in place for the event that will challenge head on the question of Islam’s role in the modern world and the need for the Muslim world to take meaningful steps to uphold the peaceful principles of Islam and defend the rights of people of all faiths and of no faith.

The highlight of the event will be the speeches delivered by the Caliph, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who is applauded as a passionate advocate for justice and religious freedom and whom Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed as ‘a man of peace.’ The Government’s Minister for Countering Extremism, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, who praised the Caliph as ‘inspirational’ in a meeting earlier this year, will also be speaking at the event as will a number of parliamentarians. The delegates will also hear from Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, that has been advocating a rejection of violent jihad since its inception in 1889 and whose ethos is Love for All, Hatred for None, the message from the convention will stand in stark contrast to the jihadist violence in many parts of the world. And to make sure its powerful message is heard by all, the entire proceedings will be broadcast live globally, in 8 languages on satellite TV and on the internet.

The Caliph, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Widespread conflict and hatred has permeated many parts of the Muslim world, so there is an urgent need to empower Muslims about the true teachings of Islam. Simply raising a flag bearing the name of Allah or the name of the noble Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, achieves nothing if one does not raise one’s own conduct in line with the Quran’s principles of peace."

“Similarly, world powers must look beyond the bounds of self-interest and act with honesty and justice if peace is to be established in the world."

“Extremism and injustice – whether it carried out by religious groups, secular groups, governments or leaders – has to be confronted in an honest manner by all with a genuine desire for peace. We call upon all Imams, if they truly believe in the message of the Quran, to lead the way and reject all forms of hatred and work for social harmony.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community collects for the poppy appeal, undertakes major charity projects in Britain and builds schools and hospitals in Africa. It organises peace symposia throughout the country. It organises charity runs, blood drives and homeless feeding sessions to show true Islam in action.

The injustice in the world, especially the rise of extremism and nationalism that is fuelling tensions across the globe, is appalling. Muslims in particular are facing intense scrutiny worldwide. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community feels duty bound not to sit idle but to reclaim their faith, not just by words but by actions. This major international convention is a timely focus on Islam’s theological and practical response to the challenges of the world today.
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Note to editors:
In London, we are offering opportunities for interviews, filming and photography, commencing one week in advance of the convention.

Also, Ahmadiyya Muslim branch offices located in all major towns and cities of Britain, from where the majority of the UK conference delegates would arrive, are available for direct media contacts. Please ask for contact information.

Ahmadi Muslims – one of the oldest Muslim groups in Britain, accept Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, a 19th century spiritual reformer from India, as the Messiah awaited by all major religions. The Community, now established in some 200 countries, is at the vanguard of the revival of true Islam.

His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Caliph of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, currently based in West London, will host the annual convention and address it on each of the three days.

Ahmadi Muslims are active in their communities; they raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities each year and have their own charity Humanity First that is serving humanity locally as well as in all parts of the world irrespective of colour, race or religion. Ahmadi Muslims are the pioneers of interfaith dialogue. In 2003 they opened the largest purpose built mosque in Western Europe in Morden Surrey, which can accommodate more than 13,000 people. The community also built the first mosque in London in 1924.

Contact details:
Basharat Nazir +447703 483384
media(at)ahmadiyya(dot)org(dot)uk
Mahmood Rafiq +447971 060 962
Twitter: @JalsaUK @AhmadiyyaUK
http://www.alislam.org/
http://www.loveforallhatredfornone.org/

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