Auckland, Sunday, June 11, 2017
More than 150 New Zealanders had a chance last evening (Saturday) to break the Ramadan fast with the Ahmadiyya Muslim community at Baitul Muqeet Mosque in Auckland.
This annual event brings together people from all faiths and backgrounds to experience the breaking of the fast, or ‘Iftar’, and to experience some of the customs and traditions of the Islamic faith.
With the negative perceptions portrayed about Islam, we feel 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 other’s perspective, then that will surely lead to a more peaceful coexistence.
Addressing the gathering, Michael Wood, elected Member of Parliament from Mt Roskill said, “I appreciate your community’s commitment not only to establishing Peace and tolerance, but also your commitment to openness …as a way to increasing understanding and harmony among different people. By knowing each other’s customs and faith, we would become better at living side by side as we all want to,” he said.
Terror attacks in UK
Amongst the attendees was British Counsel General Robin Shackle.
Appreciating the Ahmadiyya Muslim community’s response to the recent terror attacks in UK he said, “As a practising Christian who has been to the inside of the Mosque to observe prayer service for the first time, I am struck by the similarities between religions, and the great spiritual axiom that runs between them with love as a common theme.”
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 209 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.
Bashir Khan is President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat New Zealand.
Picture: Baitul Muqeet Mosque