The theme of the conference was “The Critical Need for Peace” and was attended by Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth Councillor Sue McKinney, Mrs Sarva Kumararajah Hindu Community & Social Worker, Rev Mae Christie (Priest In Charge of All Saints Church), former MP & Labour candidate for Battersea Marsha De Cordova and many more faith leaders and Wandsworth councillors.
The speakers addressed various aspects of peace in society. Ahmadiyya Muslim Tooting Regional President Shakeel Ahmed gave a brief introduction about the community and expressed the organisation’s gratitude to attendees for their work in the community. National Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community & Chairman of International Association of Ahmadi Architects and Engineers Mr Mohamed Akram Ahmedi spoke about Islam’s teachings on peace, tolerance and brotherhood: “In the first verses of the Quran, God has been described as Rahman & Rahim, which means he is the Gracious and Merciful. He is the Source of Peace. Thus, when Islam stipulates that a Muslim should seek to inculcate the Attributes of God Almighty, it becomes impossible for a true Muslim to harm others. Rather, the faith of a true Muslim compels him to love all of mankind and to treat every person with respect, grace and sympathy.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Awards for 2019 were presented to the following members of the community: local police officers PCSO Alistair Baker, PC Nick Brett, PC Ali Qureshi, PCSO Xuan Dang, SC David Williamson, SC Ryan Beasley, PC Darius Jancy and PSCO James Whiting; local community champions Mr Bhupendra Makwana, Mr Jeremey Weinstein & Mr Norman from Stand Up To Racism and Mr Allan Barley from The British Poppy Legion for their outstanding work; Local charities CARAS and Tooting Community Kitchen Ms Sahar Beg and her team of volunteers; St George’s Hospital Charity (who also received a £500 donation from The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association).
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