Khalifa of Islam His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad the fifth head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has called on the Muslim nations to play their roles in ending the violence and establishing peace. His Holiness condemned the ongoing violence in Gaza during the final Friday Sermon of this year’s Islamic month of Ramadan.
Addressing an audience of thousands of Ahmadi Muslims gathered at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London on 25 July 2014, His Holiness gave a detailed analysis of the ongoing Israel‐Palestine conflict. The sermon was also broadcast live to millions of followers by MTA TV, the community’s very own TV channel.
With great regret it must be said that today it is the ill fortune of many Muslim countries that they are no longer united. Members of the public are fighting amongst themselves; citizens are also fighting with governments, whilst governments are inflicting cruelty upon their public. Therefore, not only has unity been lost, but great cruelties and injustices are being perpetrated.
The result of the lack of unity is that non-Muslim countries now have the confidence to do whatever they please against the Muslim and this is the very reason that Israel is currently engaged in killing scores of innocent Palestinians in the most cruel manner.
If the Muslims were united and followed the path of God then the collective strength of the Muslim nations is so great that this cruelty could never have taken place.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:
Compared to Israel, the Palestinians have no power or strength. Certainly all cruelty is wrong and so if Hamas is perpetrating cruelty, then the Muslim countries should also stop them. However, if you are to compare the relative strengths and cruelties of the two sides, it is as if one side is using a stick, whilst the other side is utilizing a fully equipped army to perpetrate its injustice.
Recently, Turkish Muslims held an event of mourning and in this way Muslim countries think they have fulfilled their responsibility. However, they are not fulfilling their required role and similarly the Western world is also not fulfilling its responsibility. They should have actively and firmly stopped the cruelty.
Regardless, we can only pray that Allah the Almighty protects the persecuted and the innocent from this cruelty and that peace can be established.
Furthermore, may Allah the Almighty grant sense and wisdom to those Muslim countries that are fighting against one other and increasing in disorder. May Allah enable unity to be born amongst them.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has also chosen to help through Humanity First a humanitarian organization set up by the community during the Bosnian war. Humanity First is also raising funds to provide education & support services to Palestinian children affected by the Israeli offensive in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) including Gaza and the West Bank.
Following is the full address made by His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad on Friday 25th July 2014.