Ammar Ahmad, Missionary, UK
On 9 September 2023, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Cardiff laid the foundation stone of the Baitur Raheem Mosque – the first mosque in the Southwest region of the UK. The amila of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK and members of Majlis Ansarullah UK were also present.
The ceremony began around 6 pm with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Following that, the history of the local jamaat was presented by Muhammad Noman Sahib, regional amir Southwest. Sadr Majlis Ansarullah UK Dr Ijaz ur Rehman Sahib then spoke on the history of buying the land and the contribution made by the ansar brothers towards this mosque. Amir Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya UK, Rafiq Hayat Sahib, thereafter spoke about the grace and mercy of Allah and also encouraged members to donate more towards the construction of this mosque. He presented faith-inspiring incidents of financial sacrifice.
22 Ahmadis had the opportunity to lay bricks, along with one of our non-Muslim architects, who had designed the whole plan for the mosque. The ceremony was concluded with silent prayer followed by food, and Maghrib and Isha prayers.