Maltese Muslims called for peace at an annual symposium held on March 28th.
The annual Peace Symposium titled “Jihad & Terrorism” was organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Malta, in collaboration with University of Malta’s student council. The symposium also featured a Holy Quran exhibition.
Speaking at the symposium, President KSU (Student Council) Steph Dalli said,
“Diversity enriches our societies and communities and provides ample opportunities of sharing and learning from each other. The motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, ‘Love for all, Hatred for none’ is very inspiring and indeed is the essence for achieving the milestone and shared objective which is peace.”
First Irish Imam Ibrahim Noonan who traveled all the way from Galway, Ireland also spoke at the event, He said:
A true Muslim cannot be extremist or terrorist. My own teacher had told that just as fire and water cannot live together, so is it impossible for a true Muslim to be a terrorist.
President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Malta, Laiq Ahmed Atif, spoke about the word Jihad and how it is being misinterpreted by extremists to promote their ideology. Atif said:
The Jihad that is waged against oneself; to fight against egoism, false sense of pride, arrogance and mischief; and for the self-purification