Ammar Ahmad, Missionary, UK
On 14 September 2022, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya South-West welcomed civic dignitaries, neighbours and members from different faiths for a special service of thanksgiving for the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The attendees included Dr Heather Payne, senior medical officer for the Welsh government and Aled Edward, Secretary Interfaith Council for Wales.
The event was chaired by the regional president of Jamaat South-West, Muhammad Noman Sahib. The event was concluded with a speech by my humble self.
On 16 September 2022, King Charles III visited Cardiff for the first time since becoming the new monarch. The King and Queen Consort attended a service at Llandaff Cathedral, more than 400 civic dignitaries were present, which included members of the Welsh government, Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan and the Prime Minister of the UK. Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Cardiff was also invited to Llandaff Cathedral to honour the contribution of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
I had the opportunity to meet different faith leaders representing their faiths and later contact details were exchanged to work together to build a peaceful and harmonious society.
In the evening, ITV Wales asked about the experience of the service which was aired live.