Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper speaks at Ahmadiyya Muslim Convention

On Friday Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Canada’s largest national Islamic convention, the convention is being held in the Greater Toronto Area, at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Prime Minister Harper praised the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for accepting Canadian ways, but he also spoke of terror threats.

“Last October, we had the brutal experience of ISIS-inspired violence on our own soil,” he said, a reference to the deadly Oct. 22 shooting on Parliament Hill.

“As we all know, these shocking acts were perpetrated by killers claiming to act in the name of Islam. How important it was that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada quickly, categorically and unequivocally condemned the attacks and the terrorist who committed them.”

He also thanked the group for its campaign against youth radicalization.

PM Harper with Lal Khan Malik of Ahmadiyya Jammat

“By your words and by your actions, Canada’s Ahmadiyya community has earned the respect and the admiration of all Canadians.”

The conference, which is also called the Jalsa Salana, is a three-day event which attracts both Muslim and non-Muslim attendees from around the world. Similar conventions take place in London, U.K., the United States, Germany, and other places around the world.

Safwan Choudhry, a spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at said:

“Among the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, loyalty to the country is a tenant of the faith,”

Choudhry also said some of the “key presentations” will deal with topics such as Islam’s compatibility with the West, freedom of speech and freedom of religion, radicalization, and world peace.