The 15th Peace Symposium was held in Tahir Hall (Baitul Futuh Mosque, London) on Saturday, 17 March 2018. The theme for this year's event was "Fundamentals of Establishing Lasting Peace". More than 800 guests attended the unique event including secretaries of state, parliamentarians, diplomats, faith and civic leaders as well as representatives from numerous charities and faith communities.
While talking about the need for holding this Symposium every year, Huzooraa said that as long as adequate steps towards establishing peace are not taken by the major nations of the world, it is a duty of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat to continue calling the world to this noble cause and to never give up.
Regarding issues such as climate change and the reduction of carbon emissions, Huzooraa said that although they are issues of great importance, a vast number of people living in the developing world live below the line of poverty and do not know how they will have their next meal.
Huzooraa said, “It is essential that every effort is made to raise the standards of the developing world. Poor nations must not be looked down upon, rather we should consider them as part of our family: our brothers and sisters. By helping the developing nations stand on their own feet and by giving their people opportunities and hope, we will actually be helping ourselves and safeguarding the future of the world.”
While reflecting on the peaceful teachings of the Holy Prophetsa of Islam, Huzooraa commented, “The truth is that Islam has always been diametrically opposed to any form of terrorism or extremism. Furthermore, whilst I accept that the evil acts of some Muslims have greatly damaged society, I do not accept that it is only Muslims who are to blame for the volatility of today’s world. Many commentators and experts are now openly saying that certain non-Muslim powers and groups have also played a role in undermining peace and social cohesion.”
Every year, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize is given to a charity or individual for the advancement of peace. This year’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace prize was given to Dr Leonid Roshal, Senior Pediatric Surgeon, Russia for his remarkable services to children in war torn areas of the world.
The proceedings of the Peace Symposium 2018 can be watched at www.mta.tv