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Canada: Ahmadiyya-organized faith-based summit brings message of peace to the RancheHouse


"Ghulam Ahmad proclaimed that there could not be any violence, so as a way of dialogue, he laid the foundation which is called the World Religions Conference. The first World Religions Conference was in his lifetime back in India."

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By Patrick Gibson | May 3, 2018

Diversity and tolerance were front and centre Thursday night at the Ranchehouse when the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, the main Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Calgary, hosted the World Religions Conference in its tenth appearance in Cochrane.

“The part of Islam which we call the Ahmadiyya community was founded about 125 years ago, in 1889,” said Kalim Ahmeb, spokesperson for the conference organizing committee. "His [founder Ghulam Ahmad’s] mission is to remove the misunderstandings and the wrong practices which have crept in in Islamic faith."

The Ahmadiyaa Jama’at works to break down these misunderstandings through World Religions Conferences all over Canada just like the one held in Cochrane last week. Representatives from a multitude of religions gather in a room and speak on what their followers can learn from each other, each year with a different theme. This year’s was “Fundamentals of Establishing Lasting Peace.”

The panel at the two-hour Cochrane event featured representatives of Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Persian-based Bahá'í faith. "We reach out to various representatives, and we stay in touch with them year-round,” said Ahmeb. “The topic is then selected with initial consultation with the various partners.” Speakers included Cochranites David Lertzman and Warren Harbeck.

“When you’re sitting there and listening to the speakers, the time goes by really fast,” added Ahmeb.

The organizer said that while each year’s conference centers around a specific theme, they all involve a definitive aspect of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community: an anti-violence sentiment.

"He [founder Ghulam Ahmad] taught us the basic fundamental Islamic teaching that there is no convulsion in the matter of religion,” Ahmeb said. “This is the fundamental teaching, written in the Holy Quran."

"Ghulam Ahmad proclaimed that there could not be any violence, so as a way of dialogue, he laid the foundation which is called the World Religions Conference,” he continued. “The first World Religions Conference was in his lifetime back in India."

Ahmed said that whatever faith one may or may not subscribe to, there’s much benefit to attending a World Religions Conference, which will return to the RancheHouse next year.

"Let's get together, talk in a civilized matter, and let's present the beauty of your faith instead of fighting with each other and resorting to violence,” he said. "There are enough commonalities to be able to live in peace and harmony."



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