Building on racial harmony

Credit/Source: The Times of Malta, Thursday, January 18, 2018, by Laiq Ahmed Atif

In the world we live in today, many predominant disorders and inherent dangers to world peace spring from the concept of national or racial superiority. This is what is termed ‘racialism’ or ‘racism’.

Racism, though loudly condemned by every nation of the world, still exists and is a widespread phenomenon.

Fifty-two years ago, in December 1965, a treaty was adopted by the United Nations called The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racism and Discrimination as a powerful weapon in the fight against racism.

It is extremely hurtful and worrying that, after 52 years, our very modernised and civilised world has not as yet been released from the clutches of this demon. It is an extremely poisonous weed which cannot easily be rooted out.

All people of truth who see and recognise it know very well the roots of this deadly weed are found everywhere. Despite great speeches and loud condemnations of racism, it continues to raise its head.

This weed is so poisonous and hardy that it insidiously creeps into and flourishes in every soil, be it religious, social, political or philosophical.

Every religion, society and nation promotes tolerance between people. How truly Jesus Christ said: “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34).

Martin Luther King Jr. expressed his dream of racial harmony by saying: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”

According to the Holy Quran, every form of racism must be stamped out from the world. Without this, peace can never be established. Although colours and races differ, it is only to make recognition easy, otherwise all humans are linked to the same progeny of Adam and Eve.

In no way does it create any distinctions. The Holy Quran states: “O mankind, We have created you from a male and a female; and We have made you tribes and sub-tribes that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable amongst you in the sight of Allah is he who is the most righteous among you” (49:14).

The message of this verse is clear: that there are no social classes or racial supremacy, but all people are equal.

The worth of a man is not judged by the colour of skin, wealth, rank or social status, his descent or pedigree, but by his moral goodness and the way he fulfils his duty to God and mankind. The purpose of diversity in colour is to make the world attractive, competitive and a source of knowledge and guidance from each other.

To help humankind abstain from every form of racism the following verse of the Quran declares: “O ye who believe! Let not one people deride another people, who may be better than they, nor let women deride other women, who may be better than they. And do not slander your own people, nor taunt each other with nicknames.” (49:12)

The Holy Prophet Muhammad proclaimed a great charter of racial equality and harmony in his last sermon during his last pilgrimage: “O humankind your Lord is One and your father was also one, so listen carefully that Arabs have no superiority over non-Arabs nor have the non-Arabs any superiority over the Arabs. Similarly, the white and red races have no superiority over black races, and black races have no superiority over the white. Yes, only he is superior who transcends in his personal good deeds.”

Writing in a message at the occasion of the 51st World Day of Peace, Pope Francis said: “Those who, for what may be political reasons, foment fear of migrants instead of building peace are sowing violence, racial discrimination and xenophobia, which are matters of great worry for all those concerned about the safety of every human being.”

This message of acceptance was further highlighted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community founder, who writes: “If at all you desire that God in heaven be pleased with you, hasten to become one among yourselves, as though you were brothers born of the same mother.”

The contemporary times require the need to build on racial harmony for a greater cause, which everyone loves and cherishes, and that is peace. Let’s unite together to fight back racism strongly, effectively and on long-term basis.

Let’s become one human family.

Let’s make the world realise that it is the character and disposition which matters, and not the colour or race of a human being. Read Original Article

amjmalta@gmail.com  Laiq Ahmed Atif is president Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta.

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Ahmadiyya participated in L-Istrina 2017

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Malta participated in an event organised under the auspices of Her Excellency the President of Malta . @Laiqatif

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A vision of peace and unity!

Credit: The Malta Independent, Wednesday 27 December 2017, by Laiq Ahmed Atif

By the sheer grace and blessings of God, in a few days, another year will dawn upon us. At the beginning of every year, millions of people wish one another a happy and a prosperous new year. I think mutual new year greetings would only be beneficial when we all reflect to see how much of our obligations we fulfilled last year and how much we will try to do in the new year.

Moreover, millions will make resolutions to give up certain habits and others may have made an oath of adopting better habits. Some will have done both. Nonetheless both these choices we make mean that we pledge to be better human beings, morally and spiritually.

At the wider spectrum people hope and pray for a better world than it is today. People, societies, nations and countries pledge to remain united for the common good of the entire mankind.

However, the question is how to achieve this goal?

The Holy Prophet Muhammad gave a golden principle for all times for building cohesive, harmonious and peaceful societies and said ‘like for others that which you like for yourself’. In other words ‘don’t like for others what you don’t like for yourself’.

I firmly believe that by adopting this principle the world can put an end to all the injustices, inequalities, killings and acts of extremism. This doctrine alone can lead us towards unity and peace.

In today’s multi-religious and multi-cultural world, showing respect and caring for the sentiments of each other is very crucial and vital. Expressing respect and showing sensitivity to others’ feelings is a remedy for the shattered world and growing disorder in the land. Love is the antidote for hatred.

Moreover, during this festive season, sharing the moments of happiness with each other, with people of different faiths, creeds and cultures, will also build bridges between people.

To create an atmosphere of love and peace in international relations, and creating a tolerant and harmonious world – a world void of religious or political conflicts and full of peace, prosperity and brotherhood, the Holy Quran exhorts us:

“O ye who believe, let not one people deride another people, who may be better than they nor let women deride other women who may be better than they.” (Ch. 49:V.12)

The false sense of superiority creates divisions and conflicts. By removing the basic causes of disharmony and disagreement among people, this verse has laid the foundation of a firm and solid brotherhood.

That is the basic principle in promoting a relationship between different people and faiths: do not utter anything that is hurtful to others even in a lighter vein; not to speak of using the entire medium to erect walls of hatred.

I present one example to illustrate how important and invaluable it is to respect religious sentiments of each other. Once, during his lifetime of Prophet Muhammad, a Muslim and a Jew were involved in an argument. Both claimed and counter-claimed the relative superiority of their respective prophets. It appears the Muslim contender may have made his claim in a manner which wounded the susceptibilities of the Jew as he approached the Prophet Muhammad and lodged a complaint against the Muslim. Upon hearing the complaint, the Prophet Muhammad admonished against being unmindful of the sentiments of others and said: ‘Do not exalt me above Moses’.

Furthermore, once a Christian delegation from the city of Najran came to Medina to have dialogue with the Prophet Muhammad. At the time of their prayer the Prophet Muhammad, permitted them to offer their worship according to their own manners inside his mosque.

I believe with such wonderful gestures we can build very solid and long lasting bridges in our societies.

The cooperation between people and nations on the common grounds is another significant principle for the establishment of peace and unity. The Holy Quran highlights this point and says: “And help one another in righteousness and piety; but help not one another in sin and transgression.”

Today we are living in a global village where countries and nations are inter-linked and mutual cooperation is crucial. The truth is that in the modern world we all depend upon one another. So, this cooperation should base on justice, equality and fairness. There should be cooperation to make advancements in science, to excel in other fields of expertise, in education, in health etc. So, by learning from each other’s experiences and mutual cooperation for the common good we create a world of peace and unity.

In the contemporary times the world needs peace, unity and brotherhood. It is time to truly practice the message of the Jesus Christ that ”blessed are the peacemakers.” It is time to become like, as the Holy Prophet Muhammad said that “true Muslim is the one from whose hands and tongue all other people are safe.”

It is my heartfelt and fervent desire and prayer for all people to live peacefully and happily. May the Almighty God make the new year very peaceful, healthy and prosperous for the entire mankind. Amen. [Read original article]

Laiq Ahmed Atif, President Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta    

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Ahmadiyya donates gift hampers

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta presented hampers for the needy people at the Millennium Chapel, St. Julians and the Peace Lab, Hal-Far.

Laiq Ahmed Atif, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta explained that, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community pays a great importance to serving mankind and looking after those in need. This activity of the Ahmadiyya Community is a clear manifestation of its love and care for the needy people of the society. Newsbook.com.mt

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First Jalsa Salana Malta 2017

First Jalsa Salana Malta – Annual Convention – 2017

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta held its First Jalsa Salana – Annual Convention – on Sunday 10th December 2017, in Gzira, Malta. Local members of the Community, guests and dignitaries attended this convention.

A special message from the current Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) was read out at this convention. He advised the Jamaat members to achieve highest standards in piety and righteousness by practicing the true teachings of peaceful Islam.

Imam Laiq Ahmed Atif, President Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta, drew the attention of the community members towards their responsibilities and living a life of good deeds, services to mankind and filled with the love of Almighty God, according to the divine teachings of the Holy Quran and Practices of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him. In his second speech, he highlighted the importance of tolerance and harmony in the multi-religious societies. He spoke about ‘What Islam is!’ and presented Islamic teachings regarding the treatment of non-Muslims and mentioned some incidents from the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him.

The Hon. Ivan Bartolo, Member of Parliament; Mrs. Graziella Attard Schembri, Councillor at the Gzira Local Council; and Mr. Bryan Corlett, Director UPF, also delivered their speeches.

This event was very well attended. The Annual Convention was concluded with a silent prayer. In the end attendees were offered lunch.

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First Jalsa Salana Malta

The First Jalsa Salana Malta (the Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta, will be held on Sunday 10 December 2017. Time: 11am to 2pm. The Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) was started by the Promised Messiah (as) and the first Jalsa was held in December 1891, which was attended by 75 people. Now the Jalsa Salanas are held in various countries around the world. The Jalsa Salana is a manifestation of integration, tolerance, harmony, peace and brotherhood. www.ahmadiyya.org.mt – amjmalta@gmail.com https://ahmadiyyamalta.org/    #JalsaSalanaMalta

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Life and Character of the Holy Prophet Muhammad

The Life & Character of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him, “the Blessing & the benefactor for the entire mankind.”

To read more about the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him, click on the following links:

Holy Prophet Muhammad

The Life of Muhammad

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