PEACE TALKS More than 30,000 Muslims converge for Britain’s largest annual Islamic gathering to reject hate

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The proud British community accuse extremists of ‘inventing their own poisonous religion’

MORE than 30,000 Muslims joined together in the Hampshire countryside to raise the Union Flag and reject violence and extremism.

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

Oakland Farm, Green Street, East Worldham, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3AU. 14th August 2016. The Worldwide Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, leads thousands of delegates during the Pledge of Allegiance ceremony, reaffirming their loyalty to their country of residence. For more than one hundred years the Ahmadiyya Muslim community has been leading a peaceful revival of Islam from the time it was founded in India in 1889. Established in the UK since 1913, the organisation built Londonâs first mosque in 1926 (The London Mosque in Putney). They now have 129 branches across Britain and have opened a number of mosques including the landmark Baitul Futuh mosque in south London, which is the largest in western Europe. Organisers say they expect over 30,000 Muslims to attend the Islamic convention, now in it's 50th year, during the course of the 3 day event in the Hampshire countryside. They will pay tribute to Britain for the freedom it gives its citizens and see delegates pledge loyalty to their nation as a fundamental part of their faith.

His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad spoke to delegates during the Pledge of Allegiance ceremony in which those present confirm their loyalty to the UK.

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

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 50th 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 from Britain’s biggest mosque in Morden, Surrey.

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

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