By Haroon Balogun
The World Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has said that Ahmadi Muslims will not take revenge or resort to violence even in the face of persecution. He added that rather than avenging any wrong done unto him, Ahmadi Muslim will only respond with peace as Islam teaches.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad made this remark when he received the newly appointed United Kingdom Secretary of State for Transport, Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP, who paid him a courtesy visit last Friday at the Baitul Futuh Mosque, South-West London.
Also, accompanying MP Grayling was Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Parliamentarian Under Secretary for State for Transport.
During the meeting, Mr Grayling had the opportunity to discuss various matters with Ahmad, including the future of Britain, in light of the recent EU referendum. Also, discussed was the continued threat of terrorism and extremism, the ongoing refugee crisis and various other issues.
Mr Grayling also took the opportunity to condemn the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan and in certain other countries. In his response, the World leader of the Jama’at, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: “We, Ahmadi Muslims, do not take revenge or resort to violence in the face of the persecution we face. Rather, we respond only with peace as this is what our religion of Islam teaches us.”
Speaking about the future of Britain and its food security, His Holiness advised the British Government to increase investment in agriculture and farming. “The UK Government should develop its own agriculture so that it is less dependent on other nations. This is something that I am also encouraging our own Ahmadi community here in the UK.”
Regarding the charitable and humanitarian activities of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Ahmad said: “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has established many humanitarian projects in different countries. For example, we are providing clean drinking water to people living in the most remote parts of Africa by either installing new water pumps or rehabilitating existing ones. Each year we also raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities here in the UK.”
The Secretary of State also offered his sympathies to Ahmad about the fire at the Baitul Futuh Mosque complex in September and thanked him for the continued positive contribution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to society. Earlier, the Secretary of State was taken on a tour of the Mosque after he listened to the Friday sermon delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.