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Over 30,000 Muslims Attend Britain’s Biggest Islamic Gathering to Reject Violence and Extremism

More than 30,000 Muslims have joined together in the Hampshire countryside, raising the Union Flag and forming a human chain as they re-affirmed their rejection of violence and extremism.

The Worldwide Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community led the thousands in a vow of peace and obedience at Hadeeqatul Mahdi (Oakland Farm), Alton, today, the final day of the three-day convention.

In the 50th year of the event, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad spoke to delegates during the Pledge of Allegiance ceremony, reaffirming their loyalty to their country of residence.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community has led a peaceful revival of Islam from the time it was founded in India in 1889.

However, the community was not established in the UK until 1913.

The organisation built London’s first mosque, The London Mosque, in Putney, in 1926.


It now has 129 branches across Britain and has opened a number of mosques, including the Baitul Futuh mosque in south London, the largest in western Europe.

Speaking ahead of the convention last week, His Holiness said: ‘The only thing the terrorists are achieving is to completely violate the teachings of the Holy Quran and of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

‘Let it be clear that they are not practising Islam, rather it seems as though they have invented their own hate-filled and poisonous religion.’

The address last week was broadcast live globally on satellite TV.

It was delivered at Britain’s biggest mosque in Morden, Surrey.

In it, the global Ahmadiyya Muslim leader also backed Pope Francis’s comments that whilst ‘the world is at war, it is not religious war.’




Written by PH

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