On Friday 16 September 2016, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria hosted the Premier of Victoria, The Honourable Daniel Andrews MP at Bait-ul-Salam in Melbourne.
Imam S. Wadood Janud greets The Hon. Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews MP
Over 400 guests attended the annual Peace Symposium, a key event of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The Premier was greeted by leaders of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community including National President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia, Imam I.H.Kauser and Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria,Imam S. Wadood Janud.Before the event, leaders of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community had an opportunity to speak with the Premier in an informal meeting. During the meeting, The Premier said that he had visited various floodaffected areas in Victoria earlier that day. Mr. Ramzan Sharif, National Public Relations Officer of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia said that Ahmadi Muslims are ready to provide any kind of assistance to the flood victims. The Premier was appreciative of the offer.
An informal meeting between The Hon. Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews MP (second from left) and leaders of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Mr. Sharif said that the motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is ‘Love For All Hatred For None’. The Premier said that this was like a mission statement for the community. The Premier was very impressed with the mosque facility. Imam S. Wadood said that the Bait-ul-Salam Mosque once stood as a function centre of a theme park. Today, it serves as a place of worship for over a thousand members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Victoria.
The Premier was taken on a tour of an exhibition displaying posters of various interfaith and humanitarian activities of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community such as interfaith dialogues, church visits, local and national fund-raising events and environmental campaigns, just to name a few.
The Hon. Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews MP visiting an exhibition of the activities of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Worldwide
During his 10-minute speech, The Premier thanked and congratulated the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for its leadership. He said that the community has been able to demonstrate the true example of Islamic values of peace and inclusion to local communities and around the world.
Mr. Andrews said:
“It should be a source of great pride in the work that you do both as a member of a community and as a leader of a community in sharing the message of Islam, sharing the true meaning of the teachings of the Holy Quran and through all the other programs that you are involved in and the work that you do as a Muslim community.”
The Hon. Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews MP speaking at the annual Peace Symposium
At the end of his speech, The Premier was presented with a commemorative plaque in appreciation of his visit to the Bait-ul-Salam Mosque in Melbourne.
In his speech, National President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia, Imam I.H. Kauser said that the community has been regularly holding Peace Symposia all over Australian and around the world for the past two decades.
Expounding on this year’s theme of Love, Respect, Harmony: Pathway to Peace, Imam Kauser said:
“We strongly believe that justice, which is equality to all men in all aspects, creates love and harmony among all. This way, our nation will be a model for all. Through this, the whole society will become heaven on the earth, an abode of peace.”
Imam Kauser said that the purpose of this symposium is to break down the walls of hatred, build the bridges of love, respect and harmony.
Imam I. H. Kauser, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia
Speaking about peace in light of the teachings of Islam, Imam Kauser said:
“As Islam is concerned, the name itself means peace. Our greetings are ‘Assalamu Alaikum’, which means ‘peace be unto you’. This is actually the definition given by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He said that a true Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands the people are safe. It is not that you just say ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ and you start killing the others. This spreading of peace is a message of the Holy Prophet.”
Imam Kauser said that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a peace loving and law abiding community all over the world. He said that there is no single example of a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community ever be been involved in any terrorist activity, participate in boycotts, strikes or any disorder in any part of the world. Imam Kauser said that the community is proud that it has zero radicalisation.
Among the dignitaries and guest speakers present were: Honorable Chris Crewther MP, Federal Member for Dunkley; Neil Burgess, State Member for Hastings, Ms. Inga Peulich, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Scrutiny of Government; Ms. Nina Springle, Greens Spokesperson for Families and Children, Family Violence and Prevention, Multicultural Affairs, Waste and Women; Mr. Graham Watt, Member for Burwood; Cr Colin Hampton, Deputy of Mayor of City of Frankston; Ms. Manika Jain, Consul General of India Victoria;Robert Hill, Assistant Commissioner Victoria Police; Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Barrett, Commanding Officer of 5th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment; Rev. Dr. Palapatwala, Representative of Arch Bishop; Rev. Jay Robison of Frankston Uniting Church.
A five-course dinner was served for all guests.
Courtesy of Ahmadiyya Gazette Australia