Qasim Akinreti, London
The World Leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Hazrat Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V, has called for peaceful coexistence among religious groups and people of diverse cultures for a more fulfilling and sustainable development.
Speaking at the opening of the 48th Annual Conference of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, United Kingdom (UK), at the Oakland Farm, UK. Hazrat Masroor Ahmad said the call became imperative against the backdrop of global misunderstanding among religious groups and extremism as well well as terrorism .
He said those people perpetuating religious conflicts do not understand the essence of religions which emphasis and promote unity among mankind as well improving moral standard of the people.
The leader of the Ahmadiyya community was quick to use the event to highlights the best model of the founder of Islam, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), who preached love, kindness, humility, transparency, honesty and hardword work among other good virtues.
While condemning acts of terrorism under the guise of religion, the Islamic leader appeal to everyone “to understand and appreciate the fact that humanity is one and life is precious, on no account must human beings destroy themselves with lethal weapons, when they can embrace dialogue to iron out differences.”
Using the exemplary characters of Ahmad Muslims motto of ‘love for all hatred for none’, as example, Hazrat Masroor admonished religious leaders to show good behaviors, in their conduct and eschew bitterness or hatred among themselves.
Over 25 Nigerian Ahmadi Muslims and friends joined their counterparts across the world in the Oakland Farm, United Kingdom (UK) for the 48th Annual Conference of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, UK from 29th to 31st August, 2014.
The three day event is an annual Islamic gathering focusing on lectures geared towards peaceful coexistence, global religious harmony, Islamic and moral upbringing from renowned Islamic scholars across the world.
The gathering opened on Thursday, 28th August, 2014 with an international tabligh – preaching seminar on effective ways of peaceful propagation and better understanding of Islam by the Ahmadiyya Islamic community.
The highlight of the event is the global bait – Islamic allegiance to the Khalifah of the time and world head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih.
The proceedings of the conference were transmitted live on www.mta.tv and brief newscast on two Nigerian television stations, Murhi International Television (MITV) and the Lagos Television (LTV) service. The Friday Islamic page of the National Mirror and Voice of Nigeria equally covered the event.
Ahead of the event, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Nigeria, Dr Mashuud Fasola, had a live interactive session on MITV Islamic Programme on Friday, 22nd August, 2014 and the National Secretary, Tabligh (Preaching), Dr Saeed Timehin was also featured on the same stations to preview the London Islamic conference.
Members across the world also used the opportunity to discuss with the world head of the Ahmadiyya community for spiritual upliftment and personal fulfillments.
A pan African gathering for all Ahmadiyya Muslims across Africa was part of the opening ceremony on Friday, 29th August, 2014. The event brought Africans across the world to exchange pleasantries and review the progress of the Islamic organisation in the continent.
Shortly after the event, on Sunday, 31st August, 2014, the leadership of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Nigeria is to meet its members in the Diaspora first in the United Kingdom during the 48th Annual Islamic gathering of the organisation to discuss their commitment to the national mosque building trust fund scheme.
The meeting will be led by the Amir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Nigeria, Dr Mashuud Fasola along with the Chairman of the Mosque Building Programme In Nigeria, Dr Yaqeen Habeeb, who is also the Naib Amir, North and Deputy Head of the Islamic organisation.
Ahead of the meeting, the committee has already sent a letter from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Nigeria to intimate the Diaspora’s members on the national mosque trust fund.
According to the content of the letter, Dr. Mashhud Adenrele Fasola, Amir, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, “Nigerian jamaatb is seeking the support of the Jamaat members in giving facelifts to the Jama’at mosques in Nigeria.
“Many of these mosques have remained uncompleted for a long time, while at the same time there is urgent and compelling need to build new ones to step up tabligh activities, and as part of effort for physical expansion and development of the Jama’at in Nigeria”.
The National Mosque Building Trust Fund Committee has been set up to mobilize funds and identify areas for these laudable projects across Nigeria. Members of the committee are: Dr Y.A. Habeeb, Naib Amir North, Chairman; Alhaji M.B Odukoya, Sadr Majils, Ansarullah, Vice Chairman; Alhaji Abdul Azeez Alatoye, Naib Amir, Southwest; Abdul Ganiy Enahoro, Naib Amir, Eastern Region; Builder Bashir Towolawi, Secretary to the Committee; Alhaji Muffadil Bankole, Chairman of the Jalsa Planning Committee; Qasim Akinreti, Secretary Ishaat; Engineer Adeoye, Secretary, Audio- Visual; Alhaji Atanda, former Circuit President Abuja; Alhaji A.G.Idris, National Financial Secretary; Dr. Samiullah Tahir, Ahmadiyya Hospital, Apapa; and Alhaji Tajudeen Onabanjo.
The committee is determined to have a model/design of mosque for the rural, semi-urban and urban areas across the length and breadth of the country.
In this circumstance, therefore, the committee is soliciting for support and financial contribution towards ensuring that these tasks are accomplished in a record time assuring that the Mosque Trust Fund will be managed by seasoned professionals, and a separate account has been opened for the project.