Islam focuses on securing peace in every sphere of human activity. It encourages all to promote education, respect and tolerance, improve social and interfaith harmony, support charitable causes and serve humanity regardless of race, creed or colour.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community is dedicated to establish peace at all levels and to protect the basic human rights of all. In light of this it is keen to recognise efforts made by anyone to advance the cause of peace.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace is therefore awarded in recognition of an individual’s or an organisation’s contribution for the advancement of the cause of peace.
The prize was launched at the 2009 UK Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention), by His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The award comprised a trophy together with a certificate and a monetary prize.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace that will be presented at the 2023 National Peace Symposium.
Dr Fred Mednick - Dr Fred Mednick founded teachers without borders. The organisations mission is to connect teachers to information and each other in order to close the education divide, it is based upon the premise that teachers are community change agents and key catalysts of global development priorities.
Dr Leonid Roshal - Dr Leonid Roshal is a distinguished paediatrician from Moscow, an expert for the World Health Organisation and the Chairman of an International charity fund to help children in disaster and wars. Dr Roshal has been leading the emergency surgery and children's trauma department of Moscow’s Paediatric Scientific Research Institute since 1981. In 2003 he took over Moscow’s institute of children’s emergency surgery which is currently treating sixty thousand children a year. Read more
Mrs Setsuko Thurlow - Mrs Setsuko Thurlow is a Hiroshima survivor and an inspiration for many in the international campaign for nuclear disarmament. Mrs Setsuko Thurlow was born in Japan and was just 13 years old in August 1945, when the devastating atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. What she experienced and saw was a life changing experience and having witnessed firsthand the horrors of death, suffering and destruction she devoted her life to campaign against nuclear weapons.Read more
Hadeel Qasim (Iraq) - Hadeel has made a tremendous difference to the lives of refugees, especially children who have been displaced as a result of conflicts. Hadeel was a refugee herself when her family fled to Syria when the Iraq war started in 2003. On returning to Iraq Hadeel decided to leave home and live in the dangerous and inhospitable refugee camps in extreme temperatures to serve in the field of child protection. Click here to read her address at the National Peace Symposium 2016.
Sindhutai Sapkal - Awarded for her inspirational work to look after orphans in India. A social worker and social activist known particularly for her work for raising orphan children. Is a ‘mother’ to over 1400 homeless children. She has helped them get an education, got them married and supported them to settle down in life. She treats them as her own and some of them are now lawyers, doctors and engineers. Read more
Magnus-MacFarlane-Barrow - Awarded for his outstanding work to promote education and to relieve poverty. Magnus founded the charity Mary’s Meals (formerly Scottish International Relief) that seeks to provide hungry children with one meal every school day. Read more
Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei - Awarded for his life-changing medical work to help children across the world, especially in Africa. FOCOS is a non-profit organisation founded in 1998 by Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei. Its mission is to provide comprehensive, affordable orthopedic and spine care to underserved communities in Ghana and throughout West Africa Read more
SOS children's villages UK - Awarded for its humanitarian work with children across the world. SOS Children’s Villages has excelled in the field of service to humanity by working tirelessly to provide life-changing opportunity for tens of thousands of vulnerable children in some of the most difficult and challenging areas of the world. Read more
Abdul Sattar Edhi - Awarded for his life saving and development work in Pakistan and other countries. Mr Edhi founded an amazing organisationthat started by dispensing free medicine and then went on to develop a maternity home and emergency service, initially to serve Karachi but then to the whole of Pakistan and other countries. Read more
Lord Eric Avebury - Awarded for his long-standing service to the cause of peace, with particular focus on human rights. He founded the UK Parliament Human Rights Group in 1976, and was chair for twenty-one years. He remains active in protecting the rights of religious and ethnic minorities throughout the world. Wherever in the world he encounters injustice, persecution and inequality, he usually is the first to speak out.Read more