Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad says learning English is important for all Ahmadi Muslim immigrants to the UK
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that on 13 May 2018, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurated the Baitul Hafeez Mosque (House of the Protector) in Nottingham in the East Midlands region of England.
Upon arrival, His Holiness officially inaugurated the Mosque by unveiling a commemorative plaque and offering a silent prayer in thanks to God Almighty. Thereafter, His Holiness led the Zuhr and Asrprayers at the Mosque before addressing the local Ahmadi Muslims.
During his address, His Holiness advised those Ahmadi Muslims who had recently immigrated to the UK to learn the English language. He said learning English was an essential element of integration and would enable newly immigrated Ahmadi Muslims to better guide and morally train their children.
His Holiness also quoted extensively from the writings of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Promised Messiah, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him) in which he spoke of the importance of the worship of Allah the Almighty and of serving mankind.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“Alhamdolillah, Allah the Almighty has blessed you with this new Mosque in which you can join together to worship Him and also hold various activities and functions, which will Insha’Allah be a means of Tarbiyyat for you and your children. Upon attaining this huge blessing, you should all be extremely grateful to Allah the Almighty.”
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:
“True gratitude requires you to constantly strive to fulfil the conditions of Bai’at as prescribed by the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) and to act upon all that he taught and desired from his Jamaat. Above all, the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) wanted for us to seek the nearness of Allah the Almighty and to fulfil the rights of mankind.”
His Holiness quoted the writings of the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him), who said:
“Inappropriate excuses for forsaking Namaz are nothing except a result of the weakness of one’s own conscience. Do not be guilty of negligence and injustice in the fulfilment of the rights of Allah and the rights of mankind. Be honest and manifest integrity in the fulfilment of your religious obligations.”
The Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) further said:
“Adopt brotherhood and love amongst yourselves. Leave entirely all forms of hatefulness and conflict. Forsake all forms of mockery and taunting because they take a person’s heart away from truthfulness and far beyond. Treat one another with respect and every person should prioritise the comfort of his brother above his own comfort. Sincerely devote yourselves to Allah the Almighty and return to His obedience.”
Concluding his address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“Today the situation of the world is extremely grave and is becoming increasingly dangerous by the day and so to be saved from the devastating consequences of the wars and injustices prevalent in the world we must follow the guidance of the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) at all times.”
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:
“May Allah enable all of you to fulfil the rights of this Mosque and to manifest the true teachings of Islam at all times. May Allah the Almighty enable the members of the Jamaat to remove the misconceptions about Islam that exist in society and bring people towards their Creator.”
During his visit, His Holiness personally met with local members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and also planted a tree to further mark the occasion.