BRITAIN’S BIGGEST MUSLIM CONVENTION (AHMADIYYA)MAKES AGENDA FOR PEACE &INTEGRATION A PRIORITY

BRITAIN’S BIGGEST MUSLIM CONVENTION MAKES AGENDA FOR PEACE AND INTEGRATION A PRIORITY

Dates: 21-23 August 2015

Venue: East Worldham, Alton, Hampshire GU34 3AU

Britain’s biggest and oldest established annual Islamic convention, expected to be attended by 30,000 participants this year, will pledge to re-double efforts to defy extremism and press forward an agenda for peace and integration in Britain.

The peace-loving Ahmadiyya Muslim community is the very antithesis of the extremism. It is a community that defines itself as ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’ and its membership of tens of millions in 200 countries is known for its public spirited works; it collects for poppy appeal, practices loyalty to country as a part of their faith, runs a major charity for projects in Britain as well as development programmes including schools and hospitals in Africa.

Among the Muslims at the convention, held for the past 49 years in Britain, will be journalists, judges, barristers, accountants, city traders, teachers, doctors, engineers – standing shoulder to shoulder, united in faith, with people of all races, professions and nationalities.

The Caliph, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who is the Head of Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, will be hosting and addressing the convention, said:

“In Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and all other parts of the world Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is united under the banner of peace.

“Whilst our community is promoting the message of true Islam – of love, affection and peace – throughout the world, some young people are being misguided and radicalised to create disorder here and abroad, in the name of an entirely senseless and false Jihad. Furthermore the injustices in the world are fuelling dissatisfaction and it is vital that leaders take heed to promote harmony and peace based on justice as that will have lasting benefit.”

Rafiq Hayat, National President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, said:

“The Ahmadiyya Muslim community is putting into practice the Islamic principles that gives peace, inclusivity, tolerance and progressive intellectual thinking pride of place. The Annual Convention is a great example of how people from all countries can live together in peace. We are honoured that the Caliph will be personally addressing the convention – his guidance on how to achieve peace is timely and much needed.”

The 49th Jalsa Salana (annual convention) takes place 21-23 July at East Worldham, Alton, Hampshire GU34 3

Ahmadi Muslims are active in their communities; they raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities each year and have their own charity Humanity First that is serving humanity locally as well as in all parts of the world irrespective of colour, race or religion. Ahmadi Muslims are the pioneers of interfaith dialogue. In 2003 they opened the largest purpose built mosque in Western Europe in Morden Surrey, which can accommodate more than 13,000 people. The community also built the first mosque in London in 1924.

For more info, Contact Mahmood Rafiq +447971 060 962

Mahmood.rafiq@ahmadiyya.org.uk

Twitter: @JalsaUK @AhmadiyyaUK

http://www.alislam.org/

http://www.loveforallhatredfornone.org/

About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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