On the autumn evening of 27 October, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper, entered the gates of the Markaz in Islamabad, Tilford. Huzooraa had just returned from a lengthy, historic and momentous tour of Europe.
For over a month, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa travelled extensively to preach the true teachings of Islam to the populace of Holland, France and Germany.
The number of Huzoor’saa speeches and engagements during this tour had to be carefully counted, as they were so vast. Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa spoke at Jalsa Salanas, mosque openings, special events with dignitaries and members of parliament, press conferences and sittings with auxiliary organisations. Apart from these events, Huzooraa continued to lead daily congregational prayers, delivered Friday Sermons and met with the local Ahmadis and guests.
The live coverage of events was broadcast on MTA International by the grace of Allah. Aside from MTA International, Ahmadis across the world were kept up-to-date with Huzoor’saa engagements through a number of channels, including the Press & Media Office, Al Fazl International, Makhzan-e-Tasaweer, The Review of Religions and Al Hakam.
The tour saw Huzooraa remind Ahmadi Muslims of their responsibilities and the need for the practical application of what we preach. At Jalsa Salana Holland and France, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa reminded us to grow in spirituality. He spoke about the great success of the Jamaat and the importance of not falling into the temptations of this world.
Ahmadis were not the only ones Huzooraa addressed at these Jalsas, rather special sessions with non-Ahmadi guests were attended by Huzooraa as well. During these speeches, Huzooraa painted the true picture of Islam, giving an insight into the teachings of the Holy Quran and the great character of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
For example, at Jalsa Holland, Huzooraa proved how religion, “Instead of being the cause of today’s problems, is the answer”. To prove this fact, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa always referred to the Holy Quran and the life of the Holy Prophetsa. Talking about how religion promotes peace, Huzooraa referred to chapter 10, verse 26 of the Holy Quran, which states, “And Allah calls to the abode of peace, and guides whom He pleases to the straight path.”
Our readers will know that several mosque openings in Holland, France and Germany took place. A total of five mosques were inaugurated by Huzooraa, after which he presented the true purpose of mosques and the responsibilities of worshippers. These teachings were voiced by Huzooraa before neighbours, religious leaders, mayors, dignitaries, academics and guests. A recurring theme during these addresses was that mosques are centres of social cohesion and “should not be feared”. Worshippers should not only carry out their duty towards Allah when attending mosques, but also serve humanity, especially the local proximity. Huzooraa would always address the local Ahmadis and remind them to fulfil their duties as helpful neighbours.
At the opening of the Mahdi Mosque in Strasbourg, France, Huzooraa beautifully condensed the purpose of a mosque in a sentence:
“A mosque is built to worship the One God and for worshippers to live in peace together”.
Two very historic addresses were delivered by Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa in France and Germany. In France, members of UNESCO, politicians, dignitaries and a wealth of academics listened to Huzoor’saa extremely insightful and eye-opening address about how the Holy Prophetsa completely transformed society and embedded “the values of mutual respect and tolerance” within humanity. Huzooraa explained how “for the very first time amongst the Arabs, an orderly and civilised society was established” through the advent of Islam. Attendees were also given an insight into how the Holy Quran and the Prophetsa of Islam “inspired generations of Muslim scientists, inventors and philosophers who transformed the world.” From the outset, Huzooraa explained, “Islam emphasised the immense value of learning and pushing the boundaries of human knowledge.”
The second historical address was before a very similar audience in Germany. The audience was saturated with members of the Bundestag, academics and religious leaders alike. A magnificent address was delivered by Huzooraa on the topic of “Islam and Europe: A clash of civilisations?”. During the course of his address, Huzooraa panned out the stark difference between civilisation and culture; civilisation being “technological intellectual advancements of society”, while culture is “rooted in morality and the religious values and traditions of a nation.”
Huzooraa proved to the audience that Islamic culture is something positive and not a threat to Western society. He further exhorted the audience to protect the religious Christian culture that is escaping Europe and being replaced with atheism.
The feedback and response of the guests who listened to Hazrat Amirul Momineen’saa words displayed that our Imamaa is carrying out the propagation of Islam in the best possible manner. Attendees testified to the great example the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat presents to the world through the guidance of their Khalifa.
We urge our readers to refer to the numerous reports and videos of these guests and see for themselves how they appreciated Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa in guiding his community and the world towards a peaceful, tolerant and better society. At the same time, it is essential for us all to listen and study the addresses Huzooraa delivered so that we may really know what it means to be an Ahmadi Muslim.
May Allah continue the success of this beautiful Jamaat; may Allah help our Imamaa with divine strength and may the victory of Islam manifest through his leadership!