Auckland, May 22, 2019
Aucklanders from a diverse background had a chance over the weekend to break (the Ramadan) fast with the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.
Held at the Bait-ul-Muqeet Mosque in Auckland, the annual Iftar experience brought together people from all faiths to experience the breaking of the fast and gain first-hand knowledge of the customs and traditions of Islamic faith.
Speaking at the event, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat New Zealand President Bashir Khan said, “The tragedy in Christchurch has been a stark reminder of what results negative perceptions portrayed about Islam can lead to. We as Muslims living amongst our fellow Kiwis feel that it is essential to open our doors to the wider community, and give them a chance to come and see for themselves how true Islamic teachings differ from what the actions of some fanatics may suggest. If we understand each others perspective, then that will surely lead to a more peaceful coexistence, and by knowing each other’s customs and faith we would become better at living side by side as we all want to.”
Strong Pillar of Islam
By breaking the fast at Sunset, the guests had a unique opportunity to join fellow Muslim Kiwis in experiencing one of the cardinal pillars of Islamic faith. Guests were then invited to observe offering of congregational prayers, followed by a guided tour of Bait ul Muqeet, the largest purpose built mosque in New Zealand.
Imam Mustenser Qamar, a central missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in New Zealand, answered questions on Ramadan as well as other aspects of the Islamic faith.
About the Ahmadiyyas
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) in Punjab, India, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans over 210 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Its motto of ‘Love for all and hatred for none’ is evidenced through the peaceful actions of its millions of followers.
Ahmadiyyas New Zealand President Bashir Khan speaking
Guests at the Ahmadiyya Iftar