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Peace Symposium Victoria

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On Sunday 3rd December 2017,Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Victoria hosted its second Annual Peace Symposium at the Baitul   Salam Mosque in  Langwarrin,  southeast  Melbourne.  More  than 300  people  attended  the  event  including  100  non-Ahmadi guests comprising members of the Victorian Parliament,  Mayors  and  Councillors  from  various municipalities, members of the Victoria Police force and faith leaders. The symposium was organised by the Langwarrin Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Victoria.


The  theme  of  this  year’s  symposium  is  ‘World Crisis  and  the  Pathway  to  Peace’  focusing  on  the rising  extremism  and  nationalism  facing  the  world today. The keynote address was delivered by Imam Wadood Janud Sahib, Imam of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Victoria and Tasmania.  


During  the  event,  guests  had  the  opportunity  to watch a video documentary on the peace initiatives of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifaul Masih V (may Allah be his helper) including Huzur’s address at the Capitol Hill in Washington, USA. The video also  showed  various  dignitaries  praising  the  efforts of  the  Jama’at  in  Australia  in  promoting  peace, providing humanitarian aid to those who are in need and bringing people of different faiths together.


During  his  address,  Imam  Wadood  Janud  Sahib presented  the  foundations  of  the  pathway  to  peace based  on  the  true  teachings  of  Islam  as  taught  by the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace   be   upon   him).   Imam   Janud   said   that according to Islam, the principle of justice is the key to establishing peace.  
Imam Janud Sahib quoted chapter 3, verse 136, of the Holy Quran, and said that according to this verse, a true believer is he who is strict on observing justice and stands witness before God even if it be against himself, against his parents or against his relatives.  
Speaking  about  the  lack  of  true  justice  within  the Muslim   countries,   Imam   Wadood   Janud   Sahib said  that  Muslim  leaders  have  failed  their  people, hijacking a religion which literally means peace and leading masses astray for personal interests, pursuit
of power and domination.


Imam Janud Sahib spoke at length about the foreign policies and vested interests of certain countries that led to the inception and rise of terrorist organisations such  as  ISIS  and  Boko  Haram.  Imam  Janud  Sahib said that the key role in the international arms trade in encouraging and sustaining such organisations is against the very foundations of justice.


Imam   Janud   Sahib   also   quoted   Huzur’s   recent address  at  the  National  Peace  Symposium  UK  on 25th  March  2017,  in  which  Huzur  suggested  the curbing  and  restricting  of  the  international  arms trade in order to establish peace in the world.Imam Janud said that when comes to equality, Islam declares  that  all  human  beings  are  born  as  equal and  have  equal  rights  and  freedoms.  He  said  that the  Holy  prophet  of  Islam  (peace  be  upon  him) enjoined the Muslims to always maintain a socially equal society.
Imam  Janud  Sahib  also  spoke  about  the  lack  of  justice  and  fairness  in  media  coverage  during  acts  of   terrorism,   which   occurred   in   Australia   and   internationally. Imam Janud Sahib said it is not true justice to tell Muslims that they are not condemning terrorism  enough.  Imam  Janud  said  that  the  truth  is the media fails to hear out voice when we gather every year at various venues to condemn terrorism and present the true teachings of Islam.


Quoting Chapter 5, verse 32 of the Holy Quran on Islam’s  teachings  about  the  sanctity  of  human  life, Imam Janud said that the Quran teaches that taking someone’s life is akin to slaying all of humanity and saving a single life it is as though you have saved the whole of humanity.


Concluding  his  address,  Imam  Janud  Sahib  gave a  brief  account  on  how  the  Prophet  Muhammad (peace be upon him) showed forgiveness even to his enemies when he re-entered Mecca after 21 years of persecution.  Imam  Janud  told  the  audience  that  he has presented the true concept of Islam of the Holy Quran and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).  Imam  Janud  also  said  that  he  Ahmadiyya Muslim  Community  Worldwide  for  the  past  128 years  has  been  striving  to  establish  peace  on  earth by  practicing  such  true  teachings  of  Islam  and following  the  example  of  the  Prophet  Muhammad (peace be upon him).


Prior  to  the  keynote  address,  various  dignitaries delivered  short  speeches  on  the  need  for  peace  in Australia  and  around  the  world  and  praised  the Ahmadiyya   Muslim   Community   for   organising such an important event.
Osama Chaudhary Sahib, President of the Langwarrin chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Victoria gave  a  brief  history  of  the  Community  and  the purpose of the coming of its founder, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him).

 

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Ms Sonya Kilkenny MP, representing the Premier of Victoria, The Hon. Daniel Andrews and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Robin Scott, said: The    Ahmadi    Muslims    are    well-known    for  their  support  of  Victoria’s  multifaith  society  and  understanding of other faith groups. The Ahmadiyya community   is   also   known   for   its   very   strong humanitarian  focus  and  we  appreciate  and  applaud the  work  that  you  do  here  in  Victoria  and  across Australia.  On  behalf  of  the  Victorian  government, we  thank  you  for  taking  an  active  role  in  bringing our  communities  together  in  promoting  harmony and equality.”

Ms  Inga  Peulich  MP,  Victorian Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs said:
“I    would    like    to    commend the     Ahmadi     community     for  subscribing    to    all    aspirations and   values   of   our   wonderful Australian     nation.     You     are aspirational,  believe  in  education and   the   transformational   effect that  education  has,  you  believe in  strong  family  and  you  believe in making a contribution towards your community.”


Acting  Inspector  Chris  Edwards  of  the  Victoria Police Community Engagement Unit said:“I  commend  you  very  much  for  holding  this  peace symposium and definitely think about connection and how we do that with everyone in this community.”


Mayor Cr. Youhorn Chea, Mayor of City of Greater Dandenong said: “In  today’s  hectic  world,  this  gathering  provides us  with  a  unique  opportunity  to  remember  that regardless  of  colour,  culture  or  creed,  we  are  all human  beings  and  by  building  and  understanding between  our  different  cultures,  we  sow  the  seed  of harmony, tolerance, peace and respect.”


Mayor Cr. Collin Ross, Mayor of Cardinia Shire “Thank you to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Victoria for bringing us together today to explore and share our thoughts on peace and how we might work  together  towards  achieving  a  more  respectful and united world.”
Mayor  Cr.  Colin  Hampton,  Mayor  of  Frankston City “I am pleased to be here today at the House of Peace to support this wonderful occasion where we can all come  together  and  celebrate  being  a  connected  and multicultural community. In today’s environment it is important that leaders of all areas from government to community groups such as yours need to promote unity, peace and justice for everyone.”

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The  event  concluded  with  silent  prayer  led  by Imam Wadood Janud. Following the prayer, guests enjoyed dinner and an opportunity to interact with members of the community.


Guests visited an exhibition displaying copies of the Holy  Quran  including  various  Jama’at  books  and peace flyers. Around 20 guests received free copies of the books, “Life of Muhammad” and “Pathway to Peace”. All guests enjoyed the peace symposium and particularly the speech delivered by Imam Wadood Janud Sahib. Guests also left positive feedback and comments about the event.


“Wonderful  event  that  promotes  peace!  Thank  you for your hospitality.” Cr Collin Ross.
“Inspiring  address  by  the  Imam.  Good  friendly,inclusive society. Much appreciated.” Ellen Brown.
“Always feel welcome with the friendship displayed.Thank you.” Cr Ray Brown.
“I really enjoyed learning about the religion and all the good done in the community. Very educational.” Anonymous.
“Well   done.   Good   organization.   Will   definitely progress the cause of peace.”  Matthew.
“Good event for spreading goodwill among all fellow beings  and  attempting  to  bring  peace  to  a  troubled world.”  Anita.

 

Source: Ahmadiyya Gazette Australia January 2018 Edition


Women's Peace Symposium in Victoria

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On 13th May 2017, the Women’s auxillary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria hosted an interfaith luncheon at the Baitul Salam Mosque in Langwarrin, in order to bring women of all faiths together, to engage in meaningful dialogue and infuse mutual understanding between their beliefs. This year the discussion was pertinently based on ‘Global Conflicts and the Need for Justice.’ Over 100 guests including parliamentarians and civics alike attended the annual congregation.

This luncheon marks the largest event in the calendar of the Women of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. It is given such importance as we know as women; the responsibility given to us as peacemakers has never been needed more in society than it does today. This effort is to engage in open dialogue and build lasting friendships to create a more peaceful and harmonious world. 

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Earlier in the afternoon, several dignitaries and followers of faith spoke about the importance of acting with justice and standing united, and commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for continued efforts in bringing people of all walks of life together in order to build that unity.

Cr. Michelle Kleinert, Mayor of Manningham City Council,  made the point to encourage diversity as this is what makes a difference within communities. We should not look at each other and judge based on our religion, culture or colour but by what we each bring to the table. This creates diversity, as Martin Luther King said , ‘If one is to keep peace, then they shall not look at the race of people.’ Michelle also encouraged women and reminded them that they are all leaders in the homes, they primarily look after their children, prepare family events, they are constantly running errands and supporting children in their extracurricular activities etc. So be a leader in whatever you are doing.

Ms Gabrielle Williams, Member for Dandenong, shared the wisdom that women are peace makers and gatherings like these are very important considering the discrimination and extremism we are facing today. It is the best way to overcome it. She also emphasised that our motto, Love for all, Hatred for none are beautiful words that we should all live by, as she does.

Julie Lewis shared views from her Christian perspective.  Sharing the need to listen to each other, and these types of events allows for that.  Jesus taught to love, so we all need to pray for world peace and campaign for love. “Love your enemies and bless them to curse you.” Occasions like this are opportunities for building harmony and mutual respect. As women of faith, we can all play a part, together to create peace within our families, neighbourhoods and the world.

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                    Michelle Kleinhert Mayor of Manningham                Hon. Gabrielle, representing Labors legislative Assembly
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(Left)Julie Lewis, leading member of the Anglican Christian
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 Annie Whitlocke Buddhist Spiritual care worker(Right)

Annie Whitlocke shared her Buddhist faith and had a unique perspective on overcoming global conflicts. She concluded that, what appears as conflict can be a deeper wisdom. Words can become actions, they are prayers and the teachings become a vehicle for overcoming conflict and justice.

Ms Nina Springle, Victorian Greens MP SE Metro Spokeswoman, addressed the congregration by saying that all women regardless of our background have a role to play in addressing conflict. We are all role models and we all must be every day heroes. Change start with just one woman and the ability to connect and share with one and another is vital to overcoming injustice.

Kathy Kaplan shared a perspective from her Jewish faith. We must love peace and pursue justice and peace. She shared some verses from the Torah that talk about the importance of speaking and spreading love.

Diana Cousens focused on the importance of being selfless and less selfish and ignorant.  Harm and injustice comes from people failing to respect each other. Therefore we need to avoid solely focusing on ourselves and protect others and their territories. 

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(Left)Ms Nina Springle, Greens member of the
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Diana Cousens, University administrator on Buddhism                         Kathy Kaplan OAM-Jewish Speaker

Ajam Khokhar represented the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, and focused on explaining Islam and its stance on the matter at hand. So-called Muslims use the name of Islam to carry out atrocities beyond comprehension, however Islam is not only a religion that advocates peace, but the name of the religion itself means peace and security, forming the basis of its teachings. The extremists are in no way following the teachings of peace which are laid out so clearly within the Holy Quran. Every person want to live in peace, every government wants peace to prevail, however many people are not truly living peacefully. In order to justice to prevail, mankind alike and governments need to fulfil the needs of others. When fulfilling the needs of others we are fulfilling the teachings of the Holy Quran and the saying of the Holy Prophet, You will not be a believer until you love for you brother what you love for yourself. The golden rule from this Hadith is, Do unto all men as you would wish to have done unto you and reject for others what you would reject for yourselves (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

The final speaker to the day Manpreet Kaur shared her Sikh faith and the open heartedness they try to inculcate through the teachings of their faith. The main principle of Sikhism, is oneness of all-we are all one and are not separated by any barriers.  Conflict arises when there is fear of the unknown, however we should focus on our similarities, instead of differences. We should speak up against violence, “it is as evil to bear injustice as it is to perpetrate it.”Teaching the next generation not to take any violence and not to perpetrate any violence, then we are already building a strong foundation for the world.

A concluding note by President of Women’s auxillary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria, Mrs Mansoora Sajjad closed the event for this year emphasising the teachings of the Holy Quran; our universe is created   on standards of balance and justice, and so is man. Peace only can be established if rights are given to the deserving. Therefore practicing justice in every respect of life is key to attaining peace. 

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Guest Speakers, including parliamentarians and faith followers

There was a Quran exhibition and literature for guests to view. Many guests also shared their positive experiences of the luncheon expressing their gratitude regarding this event and the fact that it is exactly what Is needed in society today. Open dialogue and empowerment of women, these are two powerful keys which will aid in combating global conflict through justice. Many guests made reference to the communities’ motto Love for all Hatred for None and appreciated it embracing nature, for the entirety of mankind.

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Quran Exhibition and Literature stalls

To find out more about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, visit our websites and social media platforms: www.alislam.org  | www.ahmadiyya.org.au  | Twitter: @AhmadiyyaVic       

Media Relations
Soofi Aziz 

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 On Friday 16 September 2016, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria hosted the Premier of Victoria, The Honourable Daniel Andrews MP at Bait-ul-Salam in Melbourne.

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Imam S. Wadood Janud greets The Hon. Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews MP

Over 400 guests attended the annual Peace Symposium, a key event of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The Premier was greeted by leaders of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community including National President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia, Imam I.H.Kauser and Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria,Imam S. Wadood Janud.Before the event, leaders of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community had an opportunity to speak with the Premier in an informal meeting. During the meeting, The Premier said that he had visited various floodaffected areas in Victoria earlier that day. Mr. Ramzan Sharif, National Public Relations Officer of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia said that Ahmadi Muslims are ready to provide any kind of assistance to the flood victims. The Premier was appreciative of the offer.

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An informal meeting between The Hon. Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews MP (second from left) and leaders of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Mr. Sharif said that the motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is ‘Love For All Hatred For None’. The Premier said that this was like a mission statement for the community. The Premier was very impressed with the mosque facility. Imam S. Wadood said that the Bait-ul-Salam Mosque once stood as a function centre of a theme park. Today, it serves as a place of worship for over a thousand members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria.

The Premier was taken on a tour of an exhibition displaying posters of various interfaith and humanitarian activities of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community such as interfaith dialogues, church visits, local and national fund-raising events and environmental campaigns, just to name a few.

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The Hon. Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews MP visiting an exhibition of the activities of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Worldwide

During his 10-minute speech, The Premier thanked and congratulated the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for its leadership. He said that the community has been able to demonstrate the true example of Islamic values of peace and inclusion to local communities and around the world.

Mr. Andrews said:

“It should be a source of great pride in the work that you do both as a member of a community and as a leader of a community in sharing the message of Islam, sharing the true meaning of the teachings of the Holy Quran and through all the other programs that you are involved in and the work that you do as a Muslim community.”

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The Hon. Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews MP speaking at the annual Peace Symposium

At the end of his speech, The Premier was presented with a commemorative plaque in appreciation of his visit to the Bait-ul-Salam Mosque in Melbourne.

In his speech, National President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia, Imam I.H. Kauser said that the community has been regularly holding Peace Symposia all over Australian and around the world for the past two decades.

Expounding on this year’s theme of Love, Respect, Harmony: Pathway to Peace, Imam Kauser said:

“We strongly believe that justice, which is equality to all men in all aspects, creates love and harmony among all. This way, our nation will be a model for all. Through this, the whole society will become heaven on the earth, an abode of peace.”

Imam Kauser said that the purpose of this symposium is to break down the walls of hatred, build the bridges of love, respect and harmony.

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Imam I. H. Kauser, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia

Speaking about peace in light of the teachings of Islam, Imam Kauser said:

“As Islam is concerned, the name itself means peace. Our greetings are ‘Assalamu Alaikum’, which means ‘peace be unto you’. This is actually the definition given by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He said that a true Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands the people are safe. It is not that you just say ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ and you start killing the others. This spreading of peace is a message of the Holy Prophet.”

Imam Kauser said that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a peace loving and law abiding community all over the world. He said that there is no single example of a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community ever be been involved in any terrorist activity, participate in boycotts, strikes or any disorder in any part of the world. Imam Kauser said that the community is proud that it has zero radicalisation.

Among the dignitaries and guest speakers present were: Honorable Chris Crewther MP, Federal Member for Dunkley; Neil Burgess, State Member for Hastings, Ms. Inga Peulich, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Scrutiny of Government; Ms. Nina Springle, Greens Spokesperson for Families and Children, Family Violence and Prevention, Multicultural Affairs, Waste and Women; Mr. Graham Watt, Member for Burwood; Cr Colin Hampton, Deputy of Mayor of City of Frankston; Ms. Manika Jain, Consul General of India Victoria;Robert Hill, Assistant Commissioner Victoria Police; Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Barrett, Commanding Officer of 5th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment; Rev. Dr. Palapatwala, Representative of Arch Bishop; Rev. Jay Robison of Frankston Uniting Church.

A five-course dinner was served for all guests.

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Courtesy of Ahmadiyya Gazette Australia