His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad Urges Muslims to Counter ‘Poisonous Religion’ of Terrorism

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World Head of Ahmadiyya Muslims declares terrorists have invented their own hate-filled faith.

His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, World Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Let it be clear that they [terrorists] are not practicing Islam, rather it seems as though they have invented their own hate-filled and poisonous religion

•    More than 30,000 Ahmadi Muslims will hear address from world leader from August 12-14

  •     Britain’s biggest annual Muslim convention in Hampshire will hear how fight against terror is the battle of our age

Interview and Photo Opportunities: 11 -14 August
Convention Dates: 12-14 August

Terrorists have invented their own ‘hate-filled and poisonous religion’ a world Islamic leader has declared.

Speaking ahead of the 50th convention in Britain of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Caliph of the community His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The only thing the terrorists are achieving is to completely violate the teachings of the Holy Quran and of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. Let it be clear that they are not practicing Islam, rather it seems as though they have invented their own hate-filled and poisonous religion.”

The address broadcast live globally on satellite TV was delivered at Britain’s biggest mosque in Morden, Surrey. In it, the global Ahmadiyya Muslim leader also backed Pope Francis’s comments that whilst ‘the world is at war, it is not religious war.’

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“With each day that passes, the power and strength of the Muslim nations is continuing to decrease. The fundamental cause is that Muslim leaders and their so-called religious scholars are blinded to Islam’s true teachings and are leading their nations on a destructive and ruinous path.

“We see chaos and disorder in every Muslim country because the leaders are prioritising their self-interest over and above the rights of their people and the progress of their nation.”

Later this month, from August 12-14, the Caliph will address the biggest annual gathering of Muslims in Britain. More than 30,000 Ahmadi Muslims will gather in Hampshire to pledge themselves to peace and to fight extremism.

Rafiq Hayat, President Ahmadiyya Community UK said that Muslims were united with all those who stood for peace, humanity and justice. Extremists are our common enemy.
He said:

“We are entrusted to spread the true message of Islam as a religion of peace and of salvation- and to counter divisiveness and extremism. There is no compulsion in religion and a fundamental aspect of Islamic belief is that people are free to choose their path in life. Therefore, to force people in matters of faith and theology is contrary to the very core of our belief.

“The reality is that much of the conflict we see today is politically motivated but is promoted under the guise of religion by extremists with their own vested interests. It is vital that Muslims do not allow the purity of our faith to be sullied by the atrocities perpetrated in the name of religion.”

The annual convention at East Worldham, Alton will see people from 90 countries hear addresses from political, civic and religious leaders.”

Contact details:
Name: Basharat Nazir +447703 483384
E-mail: media(at)ahmadiyya.org(dot)uk
Mahmood Rafiq +447971 060 962
Twitter: @JalsaUK @AhmadiyyaUK

Note to editors:
In London, we are offering opportunities for interviews, filming and photography, commencing one week in advance of the convention, starting Friday 5th August.

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.

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