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Ahmadiyya Centenary Observance in South Korea
Ahmadiyya Muslim— The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the larger community of the two arising from the Ahmadiyya movement founded in 1889 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (1835-1908). The original movement split into two factions soon after the death of the founder. The second branch is Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-i-Islam.
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On May 27, 2008 marked 100 years of Khilafat (Successorship) for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community around the world, and Nov. 30, 2008 celebrated this momentous milestone in Deagu, South Korea, with a superb banquet. "Love for All and Hatred for None" was the slogan of the convention.

Upon arriving into the convention hall (RoseWedding Buffet), the atmosphere was overwhelming. There was an enormous Banquet set up for dinner later in theevening, and an Exhibition containing various books and presentations.As traditional, the convention started with recitation of verses from the holy Qur`an, translated into Korean language aswell.

The guests were introduced with the peace loving Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and its service to mankind since1889. A number of speeches were delivered, the worthy to mention was the speech by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community President South Korea.His highness spoke with great deal of rationality that Islam believes in all the prophets and religious teachers appointed by God, including Muhammad, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Confucius, and Zarathustra (peace be upon themall).

Therefore, it seeks to establish peace between all religions by testifying to the truth of the original teachings ofvarious faiths. Islam also emphasises that men and women are equal before God and only righteous deeds elevate oneperson above another. Islam re-enforces the concept of humanity and respect for individual liberty.

Furthermore,President said, Islam reminds man of his fundamental human right of being free to choose his own religion as stated in theQur'an that there is no compulsion in religion. He concluded that Islam is against violence, advocates peaceful resolutionof conflicts and condemns any form of terrorism.The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was established in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) in a smalland remote village, Qadian, in the Punjab, India. He claimed to be the expected reformer of the latter days, the AwaitedOne of the world community of religions (The Mahdi and Messiah).

The Community he started is an embodiment of thebenevolent message of Islam — peace, universal brotherhood, and submission to the Will of God. The community runs 40 hospitals across the world. Likewise, 380 schools, both in the primary and secondary levels, have been established.

Presently the Community is cherishing the divine leadership of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (5th Khalifa) anagricultural economist who now lives in London, which is the world headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim ommunity. Ahmadiyya Muslims are being persecuted in many nations of the world like Pakistan, Bangladesh Indonesia by extremist groups.

However, God has blessed Ahmadiyya Muslim Community with great celestial personalities like Professor AbdusSalam, the first and so far only Muslim to be awarded a Nobel Prize for science (Physics 1979), Chaudhry Sir Muhammad Zafarullah Khan, the first Asian president of the International Court of Justice (1954) and president of the UN GeneralAssembly (1962).

By S. Lone, the A.M.C.






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