The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Greece held its 6th National Peace Symposium on 26th March, 2022 in Divani Caravel Hotel, Athens on the theme of ‘Islam & Europe – Peace, Identity & Integration.’ The event began with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an followed by its Greek and English translations and a video introduction of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The proceedings were attended by various religious, political, diplomatic, civil, and humanitarian dignitaries from Greece. The keynote speech on the theme of this year’s event was delivered by Imam Atta-Ul Naseer, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Greece. He also read out the special written message of His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba), the Fifth Caliph and Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for this year’s Peace Symposium. His Holiness (aba) wrote:
السلام علیکم ورحمۃ اللہ و برکاتہ
(may peace and blessings of Allah be upon you)
I am very pleased that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Greece is holding its National Peace Symposium today with the theme of “Islam & Europe -Peace, Identity and Integration”. I pray that Allah the Almighty blesses this event in all respects and it fulfils its objectives to advance the cause of peace in the world. Ameen.
Unquestionably, the world is passing through extremely precarious and dangerous times. Reminiscent of the dark days of the past, opposing blocs and alliances are forming and it seems as though the world is set upon inviting its own destruction. Today, there are a host of countries who have acquired nuclear bombs or other destructive weapons that have the potential to destroy civilisation as we know it. If nuclear weapons are ever used it will not just be us who bear the consequences, rather, our children and future generations will have to suffer for our sins. Generations of children will be born with intellectual and physical disabilities and have their hopes and dreams shattered through no fault of their own. Is that the parting legacy we wish to bequeath to those who follow us?
The horrific conflict taking place in Ukraine has cast a frightening shadow upon the world and, in particular upon Europe. Most regrettably, it is the never-ending craving for power and wealth, whether on the part of Russia, the Western world or other major powers, that has led mankind down such a dangerous path that threatens to shatter the peace of the world. If, God forbid, the current situation escalates further, the consequences do not bear thinking about. Hence, at this time, world leaders and all those people or organisations that have any degree of influence, must set aside all vested interests and prioritise the peace and security of the world. We must all recognise the reality that all nations are dependent upon one another and that we are now living in an increasingly inter-connected and globalised world. Instead of seeking to build barriers or to isolate ourselves, it is essential that nations and people of different backgrounds co-operate and work together for the common good.
One way taught by Islam to reduce conflict in the world is to focus on the commonalities that unite us, as opposed to any differences that may exist. Irrespective of differences of race, religion, nationality or social background, we are united as human beings and so it is vital that we instill within ourselves and our nations a spirit of sincere love and compassion towards others. It is the need of the time that we all join forces in the cause of peace and justice and work towards building a better future for our children and future generations.
It is my ardent and heartfelt prayer that may the world’s leaders see sense before it is too late and that all brutalities and injustices taking place, whether they be in Ukraine, Yemen, Africa or any other part of the world, come to a swift end. Let us all, irrespective of our differences, join together and work with a spirit of mutual respect, tolerance and sincerity towards developing true and sustainable peace in the world. May Allah the Almighty enable mankind to pull back from the brink of catastrophe and for peace and justice to prevail in the world. Ameen.
With best wishes and prayers,
Mirza Masroor Ahmad
Khalifatul Masih V