Hoping to “shine a light on the pathway to peace”, Ahmadi Muslim women throughout North West of England recently gathered around 150 women from all walks of life at DarulAman Mosque in Manchester on 15 November 2015.
The Annual Peace Symposium saw inspirational female speakers address a range of global issues, and how peace can be achieved in the 21st century. Guests also had a guided tour of the mosque, whilst visitors had a deeper insight into the true values and beliefs of Muslim women.
Additionally, the exhibitions available on the day showcased the activities of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s auxiliary organisation (LajnaImaillah). There was also an exhibition of the book by the Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Hadhrat Masroor Ahmad. The publication includes letters from Hadhrat Masroor to world leaders of developed countries. The leader has visited various houses of parliament to spread the message of peace and chiefly cites that the “more powerful nations should behave with absolute justice” lest we end up with a third world war – if we are not vigilant.
Event Organiser Rubina Ahmedi told TNT how the event was so pertinent today especially with recent even terror events in Paris. “Our sentiments go out very strongly to the victims and their families. We cannot let these atrocities divide us”. Rubina condemned the attacks, citing “they are against Islam which means peace and its teachings are about love and mercy towards humanity”. She poignantly made reference to the Qur’anic verse which says:
“Whoever kills a life unjustly is as if he has killed all mankind” – Qur’an (5:32)
Hardly staying away from charity, the Ahmadi Muslim women have worked tirelessly within the community and various women’s groups. From multiple charitable events to gifts, hospices, volunteer work at food banks, multi-faith coffee mornings as well as fundraising for various charities including Macmillan, Red Cross, and Oxfam.
LajnaImaillah is an auxiliary organisation of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Movement in Islam. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was established in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, India, and has since spread across more than 204 countries worldwide. With the motto “Love for All, Hatred for None”, the movement continues to promote understanding and tolerance in order to develop and build a healthy, harmonious society within the wider community.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women Association (AMWA)’s regional president Mrs Samina Irfan said, “Peace is at the core of our belief and practices and we are reaching out to women in the North West”.
“While the world witnesses the horrors of extremism and fanaticism, our community provides a counterpoint through its commitment to philanthropy and humanity. Members of our community across Britain are engaged in similar local charity initiatives in a show of peace”, Mrs Irfan added.