SAhmad Dutch Parliament

During an address to the Dutch Parliament, Khalifa of Islam says the answers to the critical issue of world peace can be found in the Holy Qur’an.

Khalifa of Islam, the Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has been inviting the attention of world leaders and policy makers to the dire need of working towards global peace, especially in view of the recent series of events with widespread international impact.

Recently, Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs of Netherland’s Parliament invited His Holiness to address a special session of the Committee and give his advice regarding the fight against extremism and religious bigotry. On October 6, 2015, His Holiness delivered this historic address at Netherland’s National Parliament located in the country’s capital city of Den Haag (The Hague). On this occasion more than 100 dignitaries and guests including foreign Parliamentarians, Ambassadors of State representing countries including Albania, Croatia, Ireland, Montenegro, Spain and Sweden were present.

In his keynote address, His Holiness mentioned that the most critical issue faced by the world today is the threat to its peace and security. He then talked about the solutions to this problem provided by the Holy Qur’an:

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“In today’s world we see that certain issues are constantly being highlighted and labeled as the most significant problems of our time. If we analyze the situation objectively, we realize that world peace and security is indeed the most critical issue of our time. Unquestionably, with each day that passes the world is becoming increasingly unstable and dangerous and there are a number of potential causes of this.”

Referring to the commitment of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community towards peace at all levels, His Holiness said:

“I, and indeed all true Ahmadi Muslims, are not amongst those people who are creating or partaking in today’s disorder and unrest. Rather, we are the people who desire peace in the world. We are the people who seek to heal the world. We are the people who seek to unite mankind. We are the people who seek to transform all hatreds and enmities into love and affection. And most certainly, we are the people who make every possible effort towards establishing world peace.”

He invited everyone towards the straight forward and practical approach to achieve world peace and said:

“As a religious leader, I wish to say that instead of blaming and provoking one another, we should focus upon building true and long-lasting world peace.”

Referring to Holy Qur’an His Holiness said:

“In chapter 2, verse 194, Allah has commanded Muslims that they are not permitted to engage in any battle or war where religious freedom already exists. Therefore, no Muslim country, group or individual has the right to engage in any form of violence, warfare or lawlessness, either against the State or its people.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad went on further to speak about Qur’an’s teachings of loyalty to one’s country and how Qur’an prohibits any form of rebellions:

“Quite simply, in Europe and in the West, the governments are secular and so a Muslim can never have the right to violate the laws of the land, to violently oppose the government or to instigate any form of rebellion or insurgency.”

His Holiness also elaborated on Islamic principle of justice. He said:

“Islam teaches that in all circumstances, no matter how difficult, you must remain firmly attached to the principles of justice and integrity… The truth is that sustainable peace can never be established until there is justice at every level of society.”

Islam guarantees freedom for all people. His Holiness added:

“In truth, Islam guarantees the freedom, liberty and protection of the people of all religions. Islam protects the right of every individual to follow his or her own chosen path or belief.”

Referring to the universal human values of mutual respect and tolerance His Holiness said:

“The world stands in desperate need of peace and security. This is the urgent issue of our time. All nations and all peoples must come together for the greater good and unite in their efforts to stop all forms of cruelty, persecution and injustice perpetrated in the name of religion or in any other way. This includes the mockery of any religion which can incite frustrations and resentment and of course also includes the hateful activities of extremist groups who are falsely justifying their evil acts in the name of religion.”

Talking about the relations between different countries and nations he said:

“Today, we are seeing many first-world countries increasing their investments in the poorer and developing nations. It is imperative that they act with justice and seek to help those nations and not merely utilize their natural resources and cheap labor forces for their own national gains and profit-making.”

While suggesting practical solutions for elevating world’s economy His Holiness remarked:

“They (affluent nations) should seek to re-invest the majority of what they earn in poorer countries and use the wealth to help the local people develop and to flourish. If the developed countries act in this way, it will not just be of benefit to the poorer nations but will prove mutually beneficial. It will increase trust and confidence and remove frustrations that are building up. It will be a means of improving the local economies and so in turn will elevate the world’s economy and financial health.”

This event was followed by a question and answer session where members of the Standing Committee asked questions on issues ranging from religious freedom, freedom of speech, the refugee crisis and the persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

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