By Ishola Balogun, London
Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa Mary May has said that the country will uphold the ideals of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat on peace and campaign against extremism.
May who is also the leader of the Conservative party made this known in her goodwill message to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat on its 50th annual convention held at the Hadeeqatul Mahdi, Hampshire London yesterday.
May who was represented by the Minister of Aviation, Lord Ahmad also described the murdered Ahmadi shopkeeper, Asad Shah as a man who was passionate about peace and understanding between communities, adding that Britain will uphold those values that define the Ahmadis.
“This year, we were shocked and sickened by the murder of the British Ahmadi, Asad Shah. He was a man who was passionate about peace and understanding between communities – values that define Ahmadis, but also our country, too. We must continue to uphold those things, and we must do so together. One excellent example of that is your “United Against Extremism” campaign.
Recall that last April, Asad Shah, an Ahmadi Muslim, 40, was stabbed to death outside his store in Shawlands, Glasgow. The murder, Muslim Tanveer Ahmed, 32, from Bradford in Yorkshire has been jailed for life after he admitted the religiously-motivated murder, claiming Shah had “disrespected” Islam.
The Prime Minister, however congratulated the Jamaat on the successful 50th annual convention.
“I congratulate the Ahmadiyya Muslim community as you hold your 50th annual convention here in Britain.
“The Jalsa Salana is an opportunity to celebrate the community’s huge contribution to society, whether it is raising money for the Poppy Appeal, holding interfaith iftars during Ramadan, or helping to deliver aid to the poorest people around the world. That is the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in action: compassionate, charitable and absolutely committed.
“I am honoured to have met the community’s global leader, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, and to have visited the Baitul Futuh Mosque. Your motto – “love for all, hatred for none” – shines from all you do. It is a message we would all do well to live by, especially as we build a stronger, more united future,” Prime Minister May said.