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Observing recent events that have transpired in the political world, we are reminded of the relentless and constant efforts by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in trying to avoid global warfare.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa has been persistent in urging nations to deal with justice and compassion for over a decade; his voice repeatedly echoed by members of his community. His messages have been for governments and the populace both to play their part in social cohesion and lasting world peace.

It is vital that governments exercise true justice and overlook their vested interests while the public act as loyal and peaceful citizens of the country.

The dark reality is that nations are not exercising this advice. Rather, certain nations are, unfortunately, continuously hell-bent on making a statement to other countries about the “supremacy” of their own nation – this has led to lives of millions being under threat.

We cite below a few lines from a letter written by Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa to the then president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

“Indeed, if any country transgresses against your country, naturally you have the right to defend yourself. However, as far as possible disputes should be resolved through diplomacy and negotiations.

“This is is my humble request to you, that rather than using force, use dialogue to try and resolve conflicts.

“The reason why I make this request is because I am the follower of that Chosen Person of God who came in this era as the True Servant of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa, and who claimed to be the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi. His mission was to bring mankind closer to God and to establish the rights of people in the manner our Master and Guide, the Rahmatullil Aalameen – the Mercy to all of Mankind – the Holy Prophetsa demonstrated to us.

“May Allah the Exalted enable the Muslim Ummah to understand this beautiful teaching.”

In a letter to Barack Obama, the then president of the United States, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa wrote:

“…it is my humble request to you to strive to your utmost to prevent the major and minor powers from erupting into a Third World War.

“There should be no doubt in our minds that if we fail in this task then the effects and aftermath of such a war will not be limited to only the poor countries of Asia, Europe and the Americas; rather, our future generations will have to bear the horrific consequences of our actions and children everywhere in the world will be born disabled or deformed. They will never forgive their elders who led the world to a global catastrophe.

“Instead of being concerned for only our vested interests, we should consider our coming generations and strive to create a brighter future for them. May God the Exalted enable you, and all world leaders, to comprehend this message.”

We live in a global village. Let us all learn to live like global citizens where borders and boundaries should become only geographical rather than divisions and a cause of conflict. In light of this precious advice by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa, let us all do whatever we can to make the world a global yet peaceful village.

For more information, please visit www.alislam.org/pathway or read World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace.

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