Sharif Rasel, Secretary Tabligh, Jamaat Adelaide West, Australia
On 13 October 2022, different faith groups offered multi-faith services at cathedrals and other well-known places of worship in major cities across Australia to show support for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya was also invited to represent Islam in the multi-faith prayers for the climate justice event, at St John’s Anglican Church, Adelaide which was organised by the Multifaith Association of South Australia. A delegation of the Jamaat, led by the missionary Atif Ahmed Zahid Sahib, participated in the event.
Ms Philippa Rowland, President of the Multifaith Association of South Australia, welcomed the audience and introduced the event and its topic, “Multi-Faith Prayers for Climate Justice”.
The religious and community leaders from Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths presented different perspectives on climate change based on their religious teachings.
Amongst them, Atif Ahmed Zahid Sahib represented Islam, and shed light on the teachings of the Holy Quran and the guidance of Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa to reduce carbon emissions and plant trees.
The event concluded with a multi-faith prayer, showing respect for and enhancing the harmony between different faiths.
At the end of the event, Jamaat members got an opportunity to interact with leaders and people from other faith groups and Adelaide-based journalists. This highly-publicised event has thus laid a foundation for tabligh activities in the community.