JUNE 11, 2023
On 27 May 2023, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community organised a Peace Symposium in Chandigarh at JW Marriot Hotel. The topic of the symposium was “The Key to Global Peace and Security”. Over 130 people attended the event, including academicians, politicians, bureaucrats, doctors, engineers as well as representatives of different organisations.
The program was presided over by Mr Makhdoom Shareef, the Additional Executive Director of the Community in India. Mr Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor of Chandigarh University, was the Chief Guest.
The national anthem was played before the beginning of the program. The formal session then commenced with the recitation of the Holy Quran with Hindi translation by Mr Zain Choudhary. This was followed by a short speech by Mr Mohammad Nasar Ghori, who briefly introduced the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and explained the purpose of conducting Peace Symposiums. He also detailed the endeavours undertaken by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in service to humanity and mentioned the dedicated efforts of its Worldwide Head and Khalifa (Caliph), Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba, to establish world peace.
In his speech, Mr Satnam Singh Sandhu underlined the pluralistic nature of the Indian culture and said that despite being followers of different religions, we are united as the inhabitants of this country.
The program also saw speeches from the following honourable guests – Sister Neha, a representative of Brahma Kumaris Chandigarh, Lama Yeshe Rabgye, a monk in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and Keshav Murari Das, president of ISKCON Rohini, Delhi. A documentary was also played, introducing the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and highlighting its various endeavours for sustainable global peace.
Mr K Tariq Ahmad, the national president of Khuddamul Ahmadiyya, the young men’s auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, delivered the keynote address. Drawing from the guidance of the Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba, he presented the Islamic principles for establishing true and lasting peace in the world. He stressed the importance of justice as a prerequisite for peace and said it was essential that we love for others what we love for ourselves.
In the end, Mr Makhdoom Shareef gave the presidential speech wherein he emphasised the values of tolerance and mutual respect and reiterated the need to recognise God. He also quoted the Ahmadiyya Khalifa, where he had urged world leaders through his letters to make every possible effort to end conflicts through peace talks and negotiations instead of resorting to fighting. Mr Makhdoom Shareef also thanked the guests for their participation and led silent prayers.
Dinner was served to the participants after the program.