His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad is the worldwide leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Elected to office in April 2003, His Holiness is the fifth Khalifa (Caliph) of the Ahmadiyya Community following the demise of the founder in 1908. He leads the global community that is now established in over 213 countries with tens of millions of members worldwide.
His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad is internationally respected and has repeatedly spoken on the need for peace. His latest parliamentary address was delivered in Canada, on 17th October 2016 where His Holiness emphasised the need for justice as a means to peace. he stated: “Irrespective of differences of background, I believe that on the basis of humanity, we are all joined together, and should therefore be united. All people and all organisations, must collectively endeavour to uphold human values, and strive to make the world in which we live, a better and far more harmonious place.” His Holiness is a passionate advocate for universal human rights and peace and has delivered addresses at parliaments across the world including Capitol Hill,the European Parliament and the House of Commons. He was the keynote speaker at the Conference of World Religions held at Guildhall in February 2014.
His Holiness has travelled globally to promote dialogue and understanding. He regularly meets presidents, prime ministers, other heads of state, parliamentarians and ambassadors of state.
As the world’s leading Muslim figure promoting peace and inter-religious harmony, His Holiness continually advocates the path to peace through the worship of God Almighty and service to humanity. Through his many sermons, lectures, books and personal meetings he has called for the separation of mosque and state and has championed the need for universal human rights through justice for all.
In 2004 he launched the annual National Peace Symposium which is attended by by nearly one thousand people including ministers, parliamentarians, faith leaders, diplomats and other dignitaries.In 2009 he launched the annual ‘Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace‘. This is an international peace award for an individual or organisation that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment and service to the cause of peace and humanitarianism.
In the same year he initiated national peace campaigns comprising of distribution of leaflets promoting the need for peace through greater understanding. In the UK this leaflet has reached five million homes and is increasing day by day. This was supplemented by an international awareness campaign that featured adverts on buses, billboards as well as a large number of interfaith & peace symposium and exhibitions of the Holy Qur’an. In 2012, in light of the growing global tensions, His Holiness wrote a series of letters to world leaders calling for the peaceful resolution to world conflicts.
The western world is seeing a rise in intolerance, hate and violence. The media exacerbates this by painting inaccurate portrayals of immigrants, minorities and of Islam and Muslims in particular. As a result of this, there is a pressing need to convey the true teachings of Islam, especially with regards to fostering mutual brotherhood amongst people of all beliefs.
In four speeches published in this book His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, offers a formula for achieving peace in our communities, nations and throughout the world.
“... Islam teaches that, irrespective of di erences of religion or belief, every citizen has a duty to remain peaceful and to ensure that he or she does not take any action that threatens the well-being of society. Islam states that all people should be law-abiding and loyal citizens of the state and work towards its progress and development.” (A Message For Our Time)
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has travelled globally to promote and facilitate service to humanity. He regularly meets presidents, prime ministers, other heads of state, parliamentarians and ambassadors to promote dialogue and press for the need for peace and respect. He has delivered a number of keynote addresses across the world including: