In 2004, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, launched the annual National Peace Symposium in which guests from all walks of life come together to exchange ideas on the promotion of peace and harmony. Each year the symposium attracts many serving ministers, parliamentarians, politicians, religious leaders and other dignitaries. In 2009, His Holiness also launched the annual ‘Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace‘; an international peace award for individuals or organisations that have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment and service to the cause of peace and humanitarianism.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Annual Peace Conference
This Symposium is a key event of the Community held at the largest mosque in Western Europe. The event promotes a deeper understanding of Islam and other faiths and seeks to inspire a concerted effort for lasting peace. The theme for this year’s peace symposium is ‘The Critical Need for Peace’.
More than 800 guests attend the unique event including Secretaries of State, parliamentarians, diplomats, faith and civic leaders as well as representatives from numerous charities and faith communities. Guests will also get an opportunity to be given a guided tour of the mosque complex. Various dignitaries give short speeches and the highlight of the event is the keynote address by the Khalifa of Islam.
Ahmadiyya Peace Conference Africa
The Ahmadiyya Peace Conference Africa was launched in 2018 under the guidance of the Worldwide head of the community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Allah be his helper). The Ahmadiyya Peace Conference Africa follows the same format as the U.K event. The 1st Ahmadiyya Peace Conference Africa was held in Ghana and attended by over 450 guests.
This year, the Ahmadiyya Peace Conference Africa will be held in The Gambia and the theme of the event is ‘The Islamic Solution to World Peace’. The event will be held at the Kairaba Hotel in Banjul. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has a long history of service within The Gambia and is at the forefront of providing educational and health projects within the country.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community was founded in 1889 by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. He claimed to be the expected reformer of the latter days and the awaited one of the world’s religions (the Messiah and Mahdi of the latter days). His mission was to revive the peaceful teachings of Islam and engender in people’s hearts the love of God and the duty to serve mankind.
The community is now established in more than 206 countries and it spearheads an international effort to promote education and health across the developing world as well as a global peace campaign to champion respect and human rights for all.
The Khalifa Of Islam: A Man Of Peace
The community is led by a system of Khilafat (spiritual leadership). His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad is the community’s fifth Khalifa and is based in London. He leads his global community and inspires it to serve humanity with the spirit of kindness and humility that is integral to Islam. In accordance with the teachings of Islam, he upholds the honour of all prophets of God and highlights the role of religion in the promotion of peace.
His Holiness has travelled globally to promote dialogue and understanding, in the past 5 years he has travelled to Capitol Hill, House of Commons, European Parliament etc. He regularly meets presidents, prime ministers, other heads of state, parliamentarians, ambassadors of state, doctors and engineers. He has also written to world leaders urging them to inculcate a true sense of justice and peace in international relations to avoid regional conflicts from engulfing the entire world. Under his leadership, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has launched campaigns across the world that present the Islam’s true noble message of loyalty, freedom and peace.