Call for greater unity of Muslim Ummah
Speakers at a programme yesterday underscored the need for greater unity among the Muslim Ummah, saying the lack of unity has led to factions and sufferings among the Muslims across the world.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat Bangladesh organised the daylong programme at its central mosque in the city to celebrate 100 years of the sect's Khilafat.
The community, whose motto is 'Love for all, Hatred for none', was founded in 1889 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian in India and the 'Khilafat' or divinely guided spiritual leadership was established on May 27, 1908.
Members of the civil society thanked the Ahmadiyya community for a 'commendable' spiritual leadership and an exemplary unity among the people of the sect since 1889.
Ahmadiyya Jamat's National Ameer Mobasher ur Rahman chaired the daylong programme, which included special thanksgiving prayers, distribution of foods, sweets and gifts in the society, blood donation and discussion.
Workers' Party president Rashed Khan Menon, Executive Chairman of JSD Mainuddin Khan Badal, writer and journalist Shahriar Kabir, Dr Anwar Hossain of Dhaka University, columnist Nayeem Mohaimen, human rights activists Father Tim and Taleya Rahman and freedom fighter Ziauddin Tareq Ali also spoke on the occasion.
In the afternoon, the address of Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the present spiritual leader of Ahmadiyya Jamat, from the Excel Centre in London was relayed.