MKA Greenford – How can dialogues pave the way for peace?
Today the world is engulfed in various crises, be it climate change, pandemics, poverty, economic instability, or corruption, and amidst this, the developing story is of Palestine and Israel war. Approximately 12,000 civilians have died, many of them kids, and it is needless to say that these are reported figures only, apart from the ones who were never found under the rubble.
In the last couple of months, we have seen massive protests in favour of Palestine across the globe but a question arises; What are Ahmadis as a Muslim community responding to this war? What is their role in global events? How do they respond?
To paint it briefly, the worldwide leader of Ahmadiyya, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, had been visiting parliaments across the globe and meeting with senior leadership to remind them to return to the ways of peace. This was before this war even started but during this war, His Holiness, every week, had been reminding Ahmadis to pray for Palestine and do their part to raise awareness of this conflict. Humanity First UK, one of the charities of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, was the first British NGO to reach Gaza to provide direct aid. Ahmadiyya Community has been holding several conferences called Voices for Peace.
Keeping this spirit alive of engaging in productive dialogue, the local body of the Ahmadiyya Community, Greenford Jamaat also held a regional event on the Israel and Palestine war for young Ahmadis. In this event, the audience had the chance to ask several questions about this conflict and how as Ahmadis they could help more to bring peace back in the world.
We firmly believe that it is only through listening and conversing, that these issues will be resolved and we may see a better world where killing even one innocent human is seen as one of the worst crimes with severe consequences.