Historic call for equality and justice at Canada’s National Parliament

The head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has made a historic address calling for equality and justice at Canada’s National parliament. “Love for all hatred for none” is the slogan of the Ahmadiyya community worldwide and it is this core belief that sets their sect apart from the two majority Muslim sects, Sunni and Shia. I have highlighted the parts of the press release that were of interest to me but you can read the press release in full here.

…His Holiness delivered an historic keynote address entitled ?Human values ? the foundation for a peaceful world? to an audience of more than 225 people at a special reception… at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.

…During his keynote address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad addressed various issues of global importance, including the risk of a global war, religious freedom, increasing radicalisation and extremism and international relations….

?Irrespective of differences of background…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 admitted that fear of Islam was growing in much of the world. However, he said that fear of the religion itself was completely unnecessary…

?Let me reassure all of you that Islam is not what you commonly see or hear portrayed in the media. As far as my knowledge of Islam is concerned, I only know of that Islam whose teachings are based on its name. The literal meaning of the word ?Islam? is peace, love, and harmony and all of its teachings are based upon these noble values.?

Unfortunately, the definition of the word Islam is as in dispute as what the values and teachings of Islam are. It is wrong to say that fear of Islam is completely unnecessary. If all Muslims were from the Ahmadiyya sect then what he says would be true but the reality is that they are a tiny minority that is not ?recognised as being true Muslims by the majority Sunni and Shia sects. Also there is a difference between religious Islam and political Islam.

?Unfortunately, it cannot be denied that there are some Muslim groups, whose beliefs and actions are in total contrast to Islam?s teachings. In complete violation of Islam?s fundamental teachings, they are perpetrating the most horrific violence and terrorism in its name.?

The Ahmadiyya community recognises Jesus as a prophet so his peaceful message and actions may be part of the reason why theirs is a message of “love for all and hatred for none” in contrast with the majority Muslim sects.

…?The Holy Quran categorically states in chapter 2, verse 257 that ?there should be no compulsion in religion.? What a clear, comprehensive and unequivocal statement that enshrines freedom of thought, freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. Thus, my belief and my teaching, is that every person, in every village, town, city or country has the undisputed right to choose his or her religion and to practice it.?

His Holiness said it was a cause of regret that governments in the Muslim world and also some Western Governments had sought to restrict the religious rights of some communities within their nations.

His Holiness said that any attempt to curb religious freedom was dangerous…

?Every individual has the right to peacefully preach and propagate his or her teaching to others. These freedoms ought to be guaranteed as basic human rights…

What cannot be ignored is that Western countries are the ones where there is the most religious freedom while Muslim countries are the ones with the least religious freedom. While clearly, not all Muslim sects share the same beliefs it is a reasonable assumption that as the Muslim population grows in a Western country the likelihood of religious freedom being curbed increases. Firstly because majority Islamic sects ( Sunni and Shia ) are supremacist in their beliefs and only ” tolerate ” other religions if they become Dhimmis ( second class citizens) and pay a religious tax and secondly because as Islamic influence grows within a western society there will be pushback from both secular and religious communities within it.

?It is not wise for governments or parliaments to place restrictions on the basic religious practices or beliefs of people. For example, governments should not concern themselves with what type of clothing a woman chooses to wear. They should not issue decrees stating what a place of worship should look like. If they overreach in this way, it will be a means of restlessness and heightening frustrations amongst their people. Such grievances will continue to exacerbate if they are not checked and ultimately will threaten the peace of society.?

The problem we face is that Islam is only 20% a religion. The rest of it is a complete political system of government that is totally at odds with a democratic western society. We cannot ignore that many Muslim women do not have a choice about what they wear. We cannot turn a blind eye to segregation of the sexes in public places and inequality. A true religion of peace will not threaten the peace of a society because a democratically elected government imposes the laws of the land on it.

Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and official representative of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said:

?It is an honour and privilege to be here …to demonstrate our strong support? The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community makes an enormous difference here in Canada and always demonstrates Love for All, Hatred for None.?

Dr. James J. Zogby, Vice-Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom?said:

…What has always impressed us about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is how, despite being all too often victims of persecution, you remain champions for the rights of others who are being persecuted. In a world where intolerance seems to be increasing the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community remains a strong advocate of tolerance and goodwill.?

-Press release supplied to Whaleoil

 

**The press release can be read in full here.

 

 

 

 

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