By Dr Nadeem , media-release

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in New Zealand is holding its annual Peace Symposium on the 22nd of September 2018. The theme for this year’s symposium, ‘Diversity and Peace’, has been chosen to investigate the effect of the changing face of the New Zealand society on the perceived traditional Kiwi way of life. Invited speakers and experts in the field have been asked to address the topic of diversity and its relationship to peace.

A regular event in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s annual calendar, the Peace symposium brings together people from all walks of life representing different faith groups, and aims to address topics relevant to the current affairs. Similar symposia are organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community the world over, with an aim to bring communities closer, and to encourage dialogue for peaceful coexistence.

“The recent visit to New Zealand of speakers encouraging far right views brought about some very interesting discussions around diversity and its effect on society”, says Mr Bashir Khan, the President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in New Zealand. “The Ahmadiyya community in New Zealand is made up of members from five different continents and many different races, and the strength this diversity brings to our community is evident in our wide ranging activities, be it for humanitarian causes, or for the service of the local community like publishing the Holy Quran in Te Reo Maori. Worldwide, the Ahmadiyya community is established in over 200 countries, yet the spiritual leadership of one Caliph ensures that tens of millions of members act as one body.”

This year, the annual peace conference will be held on the morning of 22nd of September at the Fickling Convention Centre, Three Kings, Auckland. Invited speakers and scholars will discuss the chosen theme in the light of the current issues. Attendance is through invitation only, but anyone interested in attending can contact Mr Eqbal Khan on 0211336146 for details.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) in Punjab, India, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans 210 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Its motto of ‘Love for all and hatred for none’ is evidenced through the peaceful actions of its millions of followers. The New Zealand branch of this community was established in 1987 and is a registered charitable organisation that endeavors to be an active and integrated community within New Zealand society.