Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace.
“To truly love God and Islam requires a person to love his nation” says Shakeel Ahmed, President of the Tooting Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, “it is quite clear, therefore, that there can be no conflict of interest between a person’s love for God, and love for his country. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) himself taught that the ‘love for one’s nation is a part of faith’ – according to Islamic teachings, God Almighty has forbidden all forms off treachery or rebellion, whether against one’s country or one’s government. This is because rebellion or acting against the state is a threat to the peace and security of a nation.
“As love for one’s country has been made a part of Islam, it is quite clear that a Muslim must strive to reach the highest standards of loyalty to his chosen country, because that is a means of reaching God and becoming close to Him. This was perfectly illustrated by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) when he said a black person is not superior to a white person and nor is a white person superior to a black person. Neither is a European greater or superior to any other national, nor are Africans, Asians or the people of any other part of the world. Differences of nationality, colour or ethnicity act merely as a form of identity and recognition.
“These are just a few aspects of Islamic teachings, which guide all true Muslims towards the real requirements of loyalty and love for one’s country. May God Bless You All.”
Everyone is invited to join the event on 20th September at 6.30pm at Tooting Broadway station.