Posts Tagged ‘Peace’

Muhammad spread his religion and peace with the minimum human loss

February 24, 2017

Muhammad spread his religion and peace with the minimum human loss
Seeing the figures of human causalities in “the most murderous century ever” one must note here that Muhammad spread his religion and peace with the minimum human loss, if he and his followers would have not been attacked aggressively; there would have been no human loss.
Muhammad had no intention to capture any lands or to be a king.Right? Please

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“interfaith movement in the United States is growing”

March 2, 2014

amir Hussain

The Challenges of Interfaith Dialogue

“The interfaith movement in the United States is growing. Led by organizations like the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, the Pluralism Project at Harvard, and the groundswell movement founded by Ms. Valarie Kaur (to name just a few), more and more Americans are engaging with people of different religious and spiritual identities than themselves. The mainstream media has finally started to pick up on this trend. Major news outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, Public Broadcasting Service, and The Huffington Post frequently report on interreligious engagement.” Unquote

One may like to read 610 words more of the article From Huffing Post, America by clicking the following link.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aamir-hussain/the-challenges-of-interfa_b_4581918.html

PAARSURREY SAYS:

IT IS A POINT OF GREAT SATISFACTION THAT INTERFAITH DIALOGUE IN THE USA IS GROWING.

IT NEEDS TO BE PROMOTED IN ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD ALSO. PEACEFUL DIALOGUE (WITHOUT RIDICULE AND DERISION) IS ESSENTIAL FOR PEACE IN THE WORLD, FOR CO-EXISTENCE OF THE HUMAN BEINGS IN THIS PLANET EARTH.

THE MOVEMENT IS MOST WELCOME

Historic Conference of World Religions Held at Guildhall, London

February 18, 2014

12th February 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Historic Conference of World Religions Held at Guildhall, London

God is a Living God and so world should turn towards Him says Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad

The World Head and Fifth Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, delivered the keynote address at the historic ‘Conference of World Religions’ on 11 February 2014.

The conference was organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the UK, as part of its centenary celebrations, at the famous Guildhall in the City of London. The theme of the much anticipated event was ‘God in the 21st Century’.

Around 500 delegates attended the conference, including faith leaders from various countries, politicians, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, academics and representatives of various NGOs.

The conference also received messages of support from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Prime Minister David Cameron and several other dignitaries.

During the event the various faith leaders considered what role religion could play in today’s world and whether religion continued to be a force for good. The keynote address delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad sought to answer these questions in light of Islam’s true teachings.

The Khalifa highlighted that all the major religions of the world taught the worship of God and love and compassion for mankind in their original form. His Holiness said that if these original teachings were upheld today it would lead to a harmonious society, free from conflict and war. He also condemned governments across the world for prioritising defence and military spending above and beyond social welfare and humanitarian projects.

Speaking about how the Founder of Islam, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) responded to the most horrific and sustained persecution, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“When the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) gained victory over the sworn enemies of Islam, who in the past had left no stone unturned in their efforts to destroy the religion, he responded with peace and forgiveness.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said there was no contradiction between Islam’s peaceful teachings and the fact that some wars were fought during the early years of Islam. He said that those wars fought had been defensive wars, fought not only to protect Islam, but also to protect the people of all religions.

Citing the example of the Battle of Badr, where 300 ill-equipped Muslims defeated a much stronger army comprising 1,000 soldiers, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Where on the one hand this was a victory for Islam, it was also a timeless triumph for every person who desires for peace to be established in the world. It was a victory for every person who desires for human values to always be preserved and it was a victory for all people who believe religion to be a force for good and for establishing peace in the world.”

His Holiness clarified that any wars fought during the era of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) or his four Rightly Guided Successors were entirely defensive in nature and fought only to “end cruelty” and “establish peace”. However, later wars fought during the eras of certain Muslim monarchs were fought to expand kingdoms and gain power.

Commenting on this, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Those wars fought to expand kingdoms and to increase power were not in any way fought in accordance with the teachings of Islam as taught by the Holy Quran.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that Ahmadi Muslims believed the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, to be the Promised Messiah and Mahdi and that he had come to end all religious wars, to bring mankind towards its Creator and to draw the attention of the world towards fulfilling the rights of one another.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad appealed for the people of all religions to work together towards creating a just society based on mutual respect and tolerance.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“I hope and pray that we, who are the representatives of different faiths and religions, and who have gathered here today to practically demonstrate these loving teachings, all strive towards worshipping the One God, by treating His Creation with justice and by fulfilling their due rights.

Certainly these are the original teachings of all religions. We should utilise all of our resources and capabilities to foster a better society, to help God’s Creation and to spread love, affection and peace at every level. The urgent and critical need of the world today is to establish peace and faith in God.”

His Holiness called on the leaders of all nations to prioritise social welfare above and beyond unnecessary militarisation.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The urgent and critical need of the world today is to establish peace and faith in God. If the world understood this reality then all countries, whether large or small, would not, in the name of defence spending, allocate millions and billions of dollars to expand their military capabilities. Rather, they would spend that wealth to feed the hungry, to provide universal education and to improve the living standards of the developing world.”

The Khalifa concluded by reiterating the fact that God is a “Living God” who continues to listen to the prayers of mankind.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“In order to protect ourselves and to save mankind we need to turn towards God Almighty and we need to attach ourselves to that Living God who did not forsake the Prophet Moses and his people and nor did He forsake the Prophet Jesus and his disciples. Nor have true Muslims been deprived from attaining the blessings of God and seeing their prayers accepted.”

Earlier in the evening, a range of faith leaders and dignitaries took to the stage to highlight their respective beliefs. All of the speakers also took the opportunity to express their gratitude to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for organising such an event that promoted inter-faith dialogue.

Rabbi Jackie Tabick, Joint President of the World Congress of Faiths said:

“We should be supportive of one another in our spiritual lives and be true to our own faiths whilst understanding and valuing the oneness amongst us.”

Umesh Sharma, Chairman of the Hindu Council UK quoted sacred Hindu texts highlighting the peaceful teachings of the Prophet Krishna. He also said that Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad “leads by example” in his efforts to develop peace in the world.

Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, the Attorney General said:

“The right of individual conscience is the basis of everything and so it is essential that people are free to practice their religions without coercion of any kind. I would also like to thank Your Holiness (Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad) and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for its astonishing contribution to the United Kingdom.”

Geshe Tashi Tsering, read a message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which said:

“Virtues of love and altruism are the basis of all religions and so a respect for all religions is essential. All religions are a means of inner-peace. I give my full heartfelt support to the Conference of World Religions.”

Prof Kwaku Danso-Boafo, High Commissioner of Ghana read a message from the President of Ghana, which said:

“This Conference will be a means of helping to bring peace in the world.”

Sheikh Moafaq Tarif, Spiritual Head of the Druze Community of Israel said:

“All the great religions agree on the Unity of God… Let us all come together and join hands together against violence.”

Dr Katrina Lantos-Swett, Vice-Chair United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, said:

“I am always uplifted and moved by the spirit amongst Ahmadi Muslims. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is living proof that religion can be a means of peace.”

Dr Lantos-Swett also acknowledged the role of the late Sir Chaudhry Zafrullah Khan Sahib in negotiating the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the fact that he signed it on behalf of the State of Pakistan.

Baroness Berridge, Chair of the UK Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom outlined the work of the Parliamentary Group and said that its objective was to “prick the conscience of Governments” towards establishing religious freedom.

Archbishop Kevin McDonald, representing the Roman Catholic Church, spoke of the World Day of Prayer for Peace organised by the late Pope John Paul II in 1986 and said that “today’s conference is another moment of the coming together of the people of different religions in peace and justice.” The Archbishop also read a message of support from Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice.

The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, Senior Minister of State at the Foreign Office, said:

“It is testament to the openness, the pragmatism and the humility of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community that their flagship global event celebrated all faiths.”

Rabbi Professor Daniel Sperber, representing the Chief Rabbi of Israel addressed Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad as the ‘Khalifa of Islam’ and said:

“Humankind in the world are not its masters but its custodians. Let us return to the simple notion of faith and the sanctity of God.”

The World Conference concluded with a silent prayer led by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. Earlier in the evening, His Holiness held a series of private meetings with dignitaries and delegations from various countries and he also led the Maghreb and Isha prayers at the Guildhall.

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Atheists! Please select ONE, the most violent verse in Quran for discussion

February 4, 2014

Paarsurrey wrote:

@ Sabio Lantz

I have written following comment on the link provided by you above. Please help dwindlinginunbelief, if you may like to, to select the most violent verse for discussion. Thanks and regards

paarsurrey said…
@
dwindlinginunbelief

Thanks for providing a list of some 30 places from Quran where you think Quran teaches violence instead of peace.
I think you are an intelligent person; please select just ONE verse from it which you think is the most violent one among them.

We will discuss the verse here to find whether it is peaceful or violent one.?

Will you do it please?

Tue Feb 04, 01:52:00 PM 2014

http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.ca/2013/11/pope-francis-islam-and-quran-are.html?showComment=1391550775760#c7910498698825374690

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/unfundamentalistchristians/2013/12/islam-demystified/#comment-1231113326

The Path to Peace: Just Relations Between Nations

January 18, 2014

The Path to Peace: Just Relations Between Nations

Address by Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad(aba), Khalifa‐tul Masih V
at Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
27 June 2012 (Video)

Assalamo alaikum wa rahmatullahe wa barakatohu,

All distinguished guests (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon you all)

Before proceeding, I would like to first of all take this opportunity to thank all of you for taking the time to come and listen to what I have to say.

I have been requested to speak about a subject that is extremely vast and wide ranging.
It has many different aspects and therefore it is not possible for me to cover all of them in the short time available.

And the subject that I have been asked to speak about is the establishment of world peace.
Certainly this is the most vital and pressing issue facing the world today.

However, as the time is limited, I shall only briefly give the Islamic viewpoint on the establishment of peace through just and equal relations between nations.

Click the following link to view the full text of the address:

https://www.alislam.org/egazette/articles/the-path-to-peace-just-relations-between-nations/

Mirza Masroor Ahmad at New Zealand’s Parliament

January 16, 2014

Muslim Leader Makes Historic Address at New Zealand’s Parliament

https://www.alislam.org/egazette/press-release/muslim-leader-makes-historic-address-at-new-zealands-parliament/

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad appeals for world peace

New Zealand Parliament

The World Head and Fifth Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered an historic address at New Zealand’s National Parliament in Wellington on 4 November 2013.

New Zealand Parliament

In front of an audience of Parliamentarians, Ambassadors of State, academics and a range of other guests, the Khalifa advocated the urgent need for justice as a means to develop world peace in the face of increasing tensions and conflicts in various parts of the world. Indeed, His Holiness deemed the establishment of world peace as “the critical need of the time”.

Speaking about the disastrous consequences of modern warfare, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The means of today’s wars include aerial bombardment, poison gas and even chemical weapons and there is also the potential use of the most horrific weapon of all – the nuclear bomb. Consequently, the wars of today are entirely different to those of the past, because today’s wars could potentially wipe mankind from the face of the earth.”

New Zealand Parliament

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad emphasised that diplomacy should always be the preferred route in seeking to solve international or national disputes.

His Holiness said:

“Certainly, it is a requirement of loving one’s nation that if it is ever attacked, it is the duty of a citizen to be ready to give every sacrifice for its defence and to liberate the nation. Nevertheless, if the conflict can be resolved in a cordial or peaceful way through negotiations and diplomacy then one should not needlessly invite death and killings.”

New Zealand Parliament

His Holiness spoke at length on the dangers facing the world in light of the Syria crisis.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“There is no doubt that a conflict between a government and its people can escalate into a much broader international conflict. Already, we find that two blocs amongst the major powers are forming. One bloc supports the Syrian Government, whilst the other is supporting the rebel forces. And so clearly this situation is not merely a grave threat to the Muslim countries but is also a source of extreme danger for the rest of the world.”

Continuing to underline the importance of diplomacy, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad praised the recent efforts of Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in preventing the escalation of the Syrian war.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Russia’s President made efforts to hold back some of the other major powers from attacking Syria… He said that if the requirements of justice were not met and if other nations went to war independently then the United Nations would suffer the same sorry fate as the League of Nations. I believe that he was completely correct in this analysis. I wish only that he had gone one step further and said that the right of veto power held by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council should be ended once and for all so that true justice and equity could prevail amongst all nations.”

New Zealand Parliament

His Holiness explained the methods by which Islam teaches Muslims to spread peace around the world.

The Khalifa said that for true peace to prevail, the highest standards of justice must be established. He said the Quran required for absolute justice and equality at all levels.

After the keynote address, other dignitaries also addressed the event.

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, MP, said:

“It is our privilege to have His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad here in New Zealand’s Parliament and to listen to have his wisdom and to listen to his thoughts.”

Dr Rajen Prasad, MP, said:

“It is a pleasure to welcome His Holiness to the New Zealand Parliament. I have always been very impressed at how Ahmadis live their lives as citizens of the nation and practice their message of peace.”

Upon the conclusion of the event, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad met with various dignitaries including the Ambassadors of Iran and Israel. His Holiness was then given a tour of Parliament by Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi MP and thereafter His Holiness led the Zuhr and Asr prayers at the Parliament.

https://www.alislam.org/egazette/press-release/muslim-leader-makes-historic-address-at-new-zealands-parliament/

Peacefulness – the moral conduct of a Muslim as per Quran/Islam/Muhammad

May 26, 2013

I would like to quote here from a passage from the book “Philosophy of Teachings of Islam” by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad; the passage includes six verses of Quran for a peaceful behaviour of a Muslim:

 
“The third moral quality in the context of discarding evil is designated in Arabic as hudnah or haun, which means refraining from inflicting physical pain on anyone and behaving peacefully. Without a doubt, peacefulness is a high moral quality and is essential for humanity.

The natural impulse corresponding to this moral quality, the regulation of which converts it into a moral quality, which is possessed by an infant, is attachment. It is obvious that in his natural condition man is unable to conceive of peacefulness or combativeness. In that condition the impulse of attachment that he exhibits is the root of peacefulness, but as it is not exercised under the control of reason or reflection and with deliberation, it is not accounted a moral quality.

It becomes a moral quality when a person deliberately makes himself harmless and exercises the quality of peacefulness on its proper occasion, and refrains from using it out of place. In this context the Divine teaching is:

• And set things right among yourselves, (The Holy Quran, al-Anfal 8:2)
• And reconciliation is best. (The Holy Quran, an-Nisa’ 4:129)
• And if they incline towards peace, incline you also towards it, (The Holy Quran, al-Anfal 8:62)
• And the servants of the Gracious God are those who walk on the earth in a dignified manner, (The Holy Quran, al-Furqan 25:64)
• And when they pass by anything vain, they pass on with dignity; (The Holy Quran, al-Furqan 25:73)
• Repel evil with that which is best. And lo, he between whom and yourself was enmity will become as though he were a warm friend. (The Holy Quran, Ha Mim as-Sajdah 41:35)

That is, try to promote accord between yourselves; Peace is best; when they incline towards peace, do you incline towards it also. The true servants of the Gracious One walk upon the earth in humility; and when they come upon something vain, which might develop into strife, they pass on with dignity, that is to say, they do not start quarrelling over trifles and do not make small matters which do not cause much harm an occasion for discord.

The expression, “vain”, that is employed in this verse means mischievous utterance of words or doing something which causes little damage and does little harm. Peacefulness means that one should overlook conduct of that type and should act with dignity; but if a person’s conduct does real harm to life or property or honour, the moral quality that should come into play in apposition to it is not peacefulness but forbearance, to which we shall revert later.

Should anyone behave mischievously towards you, you should try to repel it with peacefulness, whereby he who is your enemy will become your warm friend. In short, peacefulness means overlooking trivial matters of annoyance which occasion no great harm, and are more or less confined to uttering nonsense”

http://www.alislam.org/library/books…s-of-Islam.pdf

I think it may help in the matter.

“If Ideas Had Shapes”:copying the title of a contemporary blog

April 13, 2013

I was thinking if ideas have shapes; were they tangible and measurable?

Of course an idea could become an Atomic Bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

I am scared man.

The ideas should be peace promoting then everybody appreciates them though they are not tangible and measurable.

Any idea!?

Only through peaceful dialogue, peace is to be established

April 12, 2013

https://paarsurrey.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/3349/#comment-2148

Now we discuss another point from Nick T’s above post.

Nick T Says:

Quote:” It is the responsibility of the more rational religious masses to speak out and condemn their objections (i.e. science) so we can co-exist in peace.” Unquote

Paarsurrey says:

I think it is a responsibility of everybody; responsibility of the people who are engaged in scientific works that they respect the truthful revealed religions as do we Ahmadiyya Muslims respect both science and religion on their truthful merits. This is a must for the peace in world.

However this has to be done by peaceful means; and that we are already doing it consistently. No force is to be used; only through peaceful dialogue this is to be accomplished.

March 27, 2013

Paarsurrey says:

LAO TSU, Krishna, Buddha, and Jesus; none of them was God or son of god or a demi-god; they were all human beings.

They eradicated their “self” and with their good deeds and charitable deeds they acquired oneness with the attributes of the one true creator God; they completely submitted their “self” with the will of God and got attuned to Him.

They received enlightenment or word of revelation from Him. They were men of God and chosen by Him as His messengers prophets or saints with a message from Him for the mankind.

Thanks