Prince Edward Visits Ahmadiyya Mosque In Southfields
The Earl of Wessex greeted by Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, world Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat
HRH, the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward today paid a visit to the Fazl Mosque inSouth West London. The Fazl Mosque, commonly
known as the ‘London Mosque’ isowned by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat and is London’s oldest mosque.
Prince Edward arrived at 11.20am and was greeted by a delegation of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, led by its Khalifa,
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who is the worldwide spiritual leader of the community.The Earl of Wessex was attending
in his capacity as a Patron of ‘The London Gardens Society’ and thus took the opportunity to inspect the gardens of the
Fazl Mosque, which has won numerous awards over the past few years. The Earl was also able to view a small exhibition
about the history of the mosque.
The Earl was accompanied throughout the visit by Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who himself has a keen
interest and expertise in horticulture. The Earl also viewed the actual mosque and was keen to learn of its history.
He was also able to view a private garden within the complex where he was pleased to see a large cherry tree cultivated under
the supervision of Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad over the past few years.
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad also informed the Earl about how the Ahmadiyya Khilafat has been based in the UK since 1984 due
to the persecution faced by the Jamaat in Pakistan.
At the conclusion the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat UK, Rafiq Hayat, invited the Earl of Wessex to visit the
Jamaat’s Baitul Futuh mosque in Morden at a later date.
A number of other local dignitaries also attended including the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Jane Cooper.
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