Pathway to Peace

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The fundamentals set to enable sustainable and ever-lasting peace.

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It is no secret that the world today is beset by conflict, by suffering, by war. If we are to preserve the world for future generations, if we want our children and our children’s children to live in a safer, more peaceful world, then it is essential that we take practical steps today to start on the pathway to peace.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has always promoted peace and mutual cooperation between nations, between faiths, between races. The worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba has worked tirelessly to work for peace, deliving speeches to world leaders in the UK, Europe and the US, and writing to both political leaders and religious leaders to urge them towards solutions that will bring real peace to the world.

These letters and addresses have been collected in the book World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace, and outline the steps we all must take to bring harmony to the world and an end to conflict.

In that spirit, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has started the Pathway to Peace campaign globally, in order to highlight the solutions offered by His Holiness. We present the fundamental principles of this campaign in the pages ahead.

Recognition of the Creator

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‘If you love the art, you must love the artist. If you love the creation, you must love the Creator.’

—His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmadrh, fourth worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Recognition of the Creator leads us to realize that no matter our faith, all people were created by the same God.  Nationality, race or ethnicity are mere forms of identity and recognition.

Irrespective of differences in our backgrounds, we must join together on the basis of humanity. We must collectively endeavour to uphold human values and strive to make the world in which we live a better and more harmonious place.

In the everlasting words of Prophet Muhammadsa, ‘A black person is not superior to a white person, nor is a white person superior to a black person.’

Only through recognizing this fundamental principle will we be able to establish a more peaceful society.

Global Unity Among Nations

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The people of all nations, religions and cultures have dispersed and spread around the world giving multiculturalism and diversity a whole new meaning. The unification of so many diverse peoples means that a unification of world leaders is also required.

In addition, in this contemporary global village, every nation is reliant on one another. International trade is a perfect example – countries rely on one another by trading natural resources thereby fostering economic development. But what happens when one nation tries to usurp the rights of another and to take over the resources of the weaker country? It is then that we find the spread of restlessness, anxiety and a crippling of society which weakens our global village and disturbs the notion of international peace and security.

In the words of the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba:

‘The cruelties must be stopped, because if they are allowed to spread, then the flames of hatred will surely engulf the entire world to such an extent, that people will soon forget about the troubles caused by the current economic crisis.’

In regards to international harmony, the religion of Islam further teaches that where retribution is required, it must be proportionate to the act of transgression. However, if forgiveness can lead to reformation then the option to forgive should be taken. The true and overarching objectives should always be reformation, reconciliation and the development of everlasting peace.’

Absolute Justice

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‘And let not a people’s enmity incite you to act otherwise than with justice. Be always just, that is nearer to righteousness.’

—The Holy Qur’an,5:9

The concept of justice permeates every facet of human life. From our homes to our cities to our countries, justice is required in every sphere.

Within all of these realms, it is important that we not only stand for our own rights, but more importantly, for the rights of others. It is the responsibility of each and every human being to uphold a high standard of justice irrespective of the situation that they may be in, and whether the outcome favours them or not.

Shedding light on the concept of true justice, the Holy Qur’an, in Chapter 4, verse 136, has given us a golden fundamental and lesson. It states that justice must be upheld even if one has to testify against themselves, or their own parents, close relatives or friends. True justice demands that self-interest be set aside for the greater good.

Reject Extremism

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‘Seek not to create disorder in the earth. Verily, God loves not those who seek to create disorder’

—The Holy Qur’an, 28:78

The Holy Qur’an categorically forbids mankind from creating disorder in the world. There is absolutely no justification for terrorism against any individual, government, or nation – for any reason. It is vital that we stand united and reject all forms of violence and extremism.

The growing barbarity and perpetration of indiscriminate violence done by extremists in the name of religion is on the rise. This fact makes it even more essential that mankind stand together to combat all forms of extremism.

The Holy Prophet Muhammadsa rejected all types of extremism in the name of Islam, even while Muslims faced twelve years of vehement persecution in Makkah.

It is important to remember that extremism does not only refer to the violent atrocities perpetrated in Muslim countries. At the 15th National Peace Symposium, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba profoundly stated:

‘As a result of recent terrorist attacks and widespread immigration to the West, there has also been a dangerous rise in nationalism in many Western countries, evoking fears of the dark days of the past. It is particularly disturbing that far-right groups have become increasingly vocal and have seen their membership rise and have even made political gains. They too are extremists, who seek to poison Western society, by inciting the masses against those who have a different colour of skin or who hold different beliefs.’

We must stand united against all forms of violence and extremism in order to chart a course back towards everlasting peace.

Need for Nuclear Disarmament

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The weapons available today are so destructive that they could lead to generation after generation of children suffering with severe defects. Countless children are seeing their parents being killed in the most inhumane fashion and all they can do is wonder why their parents have been taken away from them. Thousands of women are left widowed, hopeless and vulnerable.

‘Whilst perhaps the major powers keep nuclear weapons as a deterrent, there is no guarantee that the smaller countries will show such restraint. We cannot take it for granted that they will never use nuclear weapons. Thus, it is clear that the world stands on the brink of disaster.’

—His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba, worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

If we are to leave behind a legacy of hope for our children and bequeath a peaceful world to our future generations, we must urgently change our priorities and recognize the need for nuclear disarmament.

Instead of embarking on an arms race, leading to death and destruction, we must join the race to save and protect humanity.

Elimination of Weapon Profiteering

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‘Money talks and morality is left nowhere to be seen. How on earth can peace be achieved in such an environment?’

These were the profound and bold words of His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba, in his renowned address at York University to professors, politicians, journalists and thought leaders, titled ‘Justice in an Unjust World.’

The profits to be made from the sale of destructive weapons are staggering. And as long as political and business leaders continue to prioritize profit over people, they cannot steer us to safety.

Examples of this profiteering abound: a number of Western countries are continuing to sell weapons that are being used to target the populations of small countries. Yet no small country has the large-scale weapons factories that can produce such quantities of deadly weapons – their only source is the Western world.

We live in a world where we openly see major powers trading arms that are being used to kill, maim and brutalize innocent people. Regrettably, such nations are focused only on attempts to boost their economy and to maximize their nation’s capital, without pausing to consider the grave consequences and the detriment to peace.

Need for Economic Equity & Eradication of Poverty

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The wealth of a nation should be used to ensure that every member of society has access to essential facilities. While Islam does not say that the wealth of the rich should be forcibly taken from them and that they should only be permitted to keep a certain minimum amount, Islam does say that a country’s resources form the national wealth, and so those resources should be used to serve every class and every segment of society.

Islam teaches that all natural resources are for the benefit of the whole of mankind and not for the selected few. When these resources are only used to benefit the fortunate few, the frustrations and restlessness of the poor and deprived segments of society continue to increase and this leads to rebellion and internal disorder within those countries. Those less fortunate in developing nations become so frustrated that they turn against not only their own leaders, but also the major world powers. As such, eradicating poverty becomes of utmost importance in the sustainable establishment of world peace.

Service to Humanity

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‘Be there to wipe away the tears of those who have been left bereft, heartbroken and vulnerable.’

—His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba, worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

One of a Muslim’s first duties is to provide help and comfort to anyone who is suffering.

Wherever people are facing suffering and deprivation of any kind, we should seek to provide aid and assistance.

Establishing peace requires us to bandage the wounds of those in pain, to remove the anxieties of those who are distressed and to show love and compassion without any desire for recognition or reward.

At all times, we should use our capabilities and skills to the very maximum in order to remove the hardships of innocent people and to comfort those stricken by grief.

The Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, once said, ‘My purpose, yearning, and heartfelt desire is to serve humanity; This is my job, this is my faith, this is my habit and this is my way of life.’

 

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