Saturday, January 21, 2017

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslims Spreading Islam's message of peace


"The caliphate of Islamic State has never done anything in the service of mankind. Islamic State has always tried to destroy mankind and persecute those who do not agree with it."

Left-right: Student Humayon, Haslemere Mayor Sahran Abeysundara, town council
clerk Lisa O’Sullivan, Atta-ul-Momin Zahid and Syed Adeel Shah. (Alton Herald)
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By Community News | January 21, 2017

AN open house to spread the peaceful doctrine of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community – “Love for all, Hatred for none” – was hosted by the group’s Haslemere college, last Saturday.

Town mayor Sahran Abeysundara joined around 100 residents, who attended the event at Jamia Ahmadiyya UK’s institute of modern languages and theology in Hindhead Road.

It was the fourth annual open house held by the Islamic college, which opened in 2012 at grade two listed Branksome Place.

And the event included campus tours and screenings of a short film about Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

Students take a seven-year shahid degree course with a view to becoming missionaries, or specialists in Islamic law or history.

They are encouraged to serve their local community and an important part of the curriculum is taking part in charitable activities.

Students volunteer at care homes, support local initiatives, such as Haslemere in Bloom, and raise money for the Poppy Appeal and the homeless.

The college also hosts an annual walk to raise money for town charities.

Stressing the peaceful message at the heart of the school’s activities – in stark contrast to terrorist group Islamic State’s doctrine of hate – theology teacher Atta-ul-Momin Zahid told The Herald: “Our caliphate has been here for more than 100 years and it has guided our community to peace.

“The caliphate of Islamic State has never done anything in the service of mankind. Islamic State has always tried to destroy mankind and persecute those who do not agree with it.

“There is nothing humane about it.

“None us has ever been radicalised and we are spread all around the world. More people should believe in the true concept of our caliph. The positive concept of our caliphate should be spread wider, especially now, when IS has become almost synonymous with terrorism and hate.

“We are trying our best to spread a positive message as members of a caliph never involved in terrorism or radicalised. Our students are trying in all sorts of ways to integrate with the Haslemere community and we are very pleased we have been accepted with open arms. The people of Haslemere have been very kind to us.”


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