On 19th of November 2016, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canberra held their very first Peace Symposium. The symposium was held at the historic Albert Hall. Around 250 guests came from ACT region and Sydney. People from all walks of life eagerly attended the event and made the symposium a resounding success.
The organisers reached out to representatives of many other faiths and dignitaries in Canberra to speak at the event. The speakers at the event were:
- Muhammad Tafazul Hasan, President Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Canberra
- Hemanshu Pota, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Information Technology at UNSW Canberra
- Rabbi Alon Meltzer, Rabbi of the ACT Jewish Community (video message)
- Christopher Prowse, Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn
- Lama Choedak Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist Master
- Madhusudan Singh Sidhu, Canberra Sikh Association ex-President
- Revd Michael Cockayne, Anglican Priest of Queanbeyan
- Her Excellency Mrs. Naela Chohan, High Commissioner of Pakistan
- Ms. Caroline Le Couteur, member of the ACT Legislative Assembly
- Ms. Elizabeth Kikkert, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs in ACT
- Imam I.H Kausar, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia
Other dignitaries in attendance were:
- His Excellency Mr Manuel Innocencio de Lacerda Santos Jr, High Commissioner of Brazil
- His Excellency Mr Yogesh Punja, High Commissioner of Fiji
- His Excellency Mr Rajendra Pandey, Deputy Ambassador of Nepal
- Ms Nina Cainglet, Minister from Embassy of Philippines
While speaking to Canberra Times, Imam Kausar made following remarks:
"We are struggling for peace, not just around the country but peace within yourself, in society, with the family, with parents, and peace all over the world."
"Sharing is caring, so let everyone come and bring their own religious perspectives on how we can achieve peace."
"Having people from different faiths, different colours, different cultures and different backgrounds sitting under one roof is a sign of love, respect and harmony with the others."
After the dinner, guests were interviewed and photographed by MTA (Muslim TV Ahmadiyya) team.
The hall has historical importance for Canberra's Ahmadiyya community in another way too since the very first Holy Quran exhibition in Canberra was held here in 1989.
Ahmed Munir (Mob: 0415 689 286)