Media UK Jalsa Seerat-un-Nabi - English

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The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), is understood to be a mercy for mankind by Muslims worldwide. It is under this theme that an event was attended by around 250 people from all walks of life. The event hosted at Baitul Futuh, the largest mosque in Western Europe, was attended by prominent members of society.

With many members of Parliament attending, the main guests included, the Attorney General for England and Wales, Mr Dominic Grieve QC MP, Ms. Jane Ellison MP as well as the Chief Executive for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Trust, Dr. Astrid Bonfield.

The evening was divided into two parts beginning with an exhibition as well as presentations delivered by members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Literature and DVDs were provided to the guests attending on the life of the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him)

In his welcome address, Regional President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mr Naseer Dean gave an introduction to the work done by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. This included several charity events. Amongst these was the Charity Challenge held at Tower of London earlier in the year - donating to multiple UK based charities.

Enlightening guidance by the Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, (may Allah strengthen his hands) was presented to guests attending. Contrary to extremist Muslims, the guidance related to how Muslims should peacefully, with logical reasoning, respond to attacks on the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him)

In providing the guests with the peaceful characteristics of the Prophet, Missionary Incharge UK, Mr Ataul Mujeeb Rashed also gave a speech illustrating the noble character of the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him).

Key guests also provided informative speeches on the progress and background of various institutions. Amongst these was the representative of the Royal Navy, Mr XYZ, who provided the history, progress as well as the positive effect the Royal Navy has had.

Among the main guest speakers was the Conservative MP, Dominic Grieve QC MP, who praised the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community's efforts in British society. This included the London bus campaign of Loyalty, Peace and Freedom. The Attorney General continued to praise the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in teaching tolerance. He continued to say how he admired how this Community promoted understanding and mutual respect in society

The variety of speeches also included a survivor of a deadly attack on several Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan. Mr. Ummad Farooq spoke about how his brother was shot dead days after his wedding day. The emotional victim statement highlighted the persecution facing Ahmadi Muslims across different countries across the world.

The evening also emphasised the importance of charity. The national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community presented charity cheques to several UK based charities including the Royal British Legion, the NSPCC, MacMillan Cancer Support and many more. Tens of thousands of pounds were given to numerous well known charities with over £142 000 being raised for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Charity Trust. This was received by the Chief Executive of the Charity Trust, Dr. Astrid Bonfield who conveyed her thanks to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

The evening, with hundreds of distinguished guests, came to a conclusion with an address given by the national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mr. Rafiq Hayat. Speaking to the range of prominent guests present, he spoke on the moral imperative of standing up for people's rights.

A strong message was given that no matter what group or faith, causing hurtful sentiments should be avoided. In this regard, the national president highlighted the guidance given by the leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, may Allah strengthen his hands on how to justly respond to the derogatory film, 'Innocence of Muslims.'

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