The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Greece held its 1st National Peace Symposium on 30th May 2015 in Titania Hotel, Athens. The events was attended by about 50 people of different faiths and walks of life.
The Key-note speaker was Dr. Iftikhar A. Ayaz OBE of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Mr. Atta-Ul Naseer, Imam & National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Greece delivered the welcome address and the key aspects of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community were highlighted through an introductory documentary about the community.
The first guest speaker, Mr. Rajbeer Singh, President of the Sikh Community of Tavros, Greece, who spoke about the teaching of Guru Nanak Dev Ji regarding mutual understanding of different religions, was then followed by Ms Marie Theresse of the Focolari Movement in Roman Catholics. Ms Theresse – who had particularly travelled from Lebanon to attend this event – highlighted the role of mutual understanding and co-operation among religions as a key step towards world peace.
The Keynote Speaker Dr. Iftikhar A. Ayaz OBE spoke about the peaceful teachings of Islam and the services of His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Supreme head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for the promotion of world peace in his visits to various countries.
Dr. Iftikhar A. Ayaz OBE said,
“…according to the attributes of God that have been mentioned in the Holy Quran, God dislikes those who violate peace. According to our belief, He metes out punishment to them, if not in this world then certainly in the next. And, he who spreads peace, security and love here, God will bless him in this world as well as in the next.”
“Rightfully, many historian and political analysts are seriously cautioning the world leaders to take heed and avoid the path to another War which may be far more destructive than anyone can imagine. It is therefore the responsibility and the role of world leaders both political and religious, to act judiciously with justice to resolve all the conflicts and hostilities and unite in choosing and following the way to peace.
This is the message which is the prime object of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community worldwide today. Its leader, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who is the fifth Successor of the Founder of the Community, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad the Promised Messiah (PBUH), has been travelling to the major capitals of the world delivering lectures on the Path to Peace. Some of his lectures have been published and translated into several languages. He addressed the members of the European Parliament in Brussels and the Senators and Congressmen in Capitol Hill in America and the Parliamentarians in Australia and New Zealand and UK and several other countries.”
Dr. Ayaz highlighted the golden principle through which peace can be established in the following words:
“The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community upholds this fundamental point of love and peace and extends it to others, and believes Peace can be established in this world only when everyone recognises God and understands this point that it is by loving the Creator alone that we can love His creation.”
After his speech a small Q & A session also took place in which some very thought provoking questions were asked from the panellists.
The program concluded with the silent prayer followed by dinner.