Muslim organisation, Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, celebrates 125th anniversary

Watford Observer: Muslim organisation celebrates 125th anniversary Muslim organisation celebrates 125th anniversary

One of the UK’s oldest Muslim organisations, Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, which has a chapter in Watford, has celebrated its 125th anniversary.

The community was founded in India by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian in 1889 and today it spans more than 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Its current headquarters are in the United Kingdom.

The UK Ahmadiyya Muslim Association also celebrated its centenary year in 2013. The Watford Chapter of the association based in Tolpits Lane marked the year by contributing towards a number of charitable activities.

President of Watford Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Mohammed Rafiuddin, said: "We decided that there was no better way to celebrate our centenary than to give thanks, and what better way to give thanks than to serve the local community.

"Every year we hold interfaith events as well as charity events raising funds for local, national and international charities.

"However this year being the centenary we decided to increase this activity manifold. We have raised almost £1,000 for the Royal British Legion by helping with the Poppy Appeal. We’ve planted more than 1,0000 trees. We’ve fed countless homeless people and raised in excess of £25,000 for local and national charities.

"The first Ahmadiyya Muslim to visit Watford was Imam AR Nayyar, the Imam of the London Mosque who was invited to deliver a lecture in Watford back in Nov 1920.

"We continue his mission by holding seminars and exhibitions in the local area on a regular basis."

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8:42pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Roy Stockdill says...

>We have raised almost £1,000 for the Royal British Legion by helping with the Poppy Appeal. We’ve planted more than 1,0000 trees. We’ve fed countless homeless people and raised in excess of £25,000 for local and national charities.<

It is good to know there is at least one Muslim organisation in Watford that understands and respects the country it has chosen to make its home in. Would that some of the others would follow the same path instead of attacking us all the time and trying to convert us to their backward and medieval views.
>We have raised almost £1,000 for the Royal British Legion by helping with the Poppy Appeal. We’ve planted more than 1,0000 trees. We’ve fed countless homeless people and raised in excess of £25,000 for local and national charities.< It is good to know there is at least one Muslim organisation in Watford that understands and respects the country it has chosen to make its home in. Would that some of the others would follow the same path instead of attacking us all the time and trying to convert us to their backward and medieval views. Roy Stockdill
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9:17pm Sat 29 Mar 14

LSC says...

Roy Stockdill wrote:
&gt;We have raised almost £1,000 for the Royal British Legion by helping with the Poppy Appeal. We’ve planted more than 1,0000 trees. We’ve fed countless homeless people and raised in excess of £25,000 for local and national charities.&lt;

It is good to know there is at least one Muslim organisation in Watford that understands and respects the country it has chosen to make its home in. Would that some of the others would follow the same path instead of attacking us all the time and trying to convert us to their backward and medieval views.
There is good in nearly every human being once you get religion out the way of things. So often that is the thing in the way of people just being decent people.
[quote][p][bold]Roy Stockdill[/bold] wrote: >We have raised almost £1,000 for the Royal British Legion by helping with the Poppy Appeal. We’ve planted more than 1,0000 trees. We’ve fed countless homeless people and raised in excess of £25,000 for local and national charities.< It is good to know there is at least one Muslim organisation in Watford that understands and respects the country it has chosen to make its home in. Would that some of the others would follow the same path instead of attacking us all the time and trying to convert us to their backward and medieval views.[/p][/quote]There is good in nearly every human being once you get religion out the way of things. So often that is the thing in the way of people just being decent people. LSC
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9:38pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Roy Stockdill says...

Indeed, LSC! Get religion out of people's idiotic minds and everything falls into place.
Indeed, LSC! Get religion out of people's idiotic minds and everything falls into place. Roy Stockdill
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9:57am Mon 31 Mar 14

ancientandageing says...

umm

Truth be told this organization is reflective of Muslim culture and values, that is the norm, if you find its actions of virtue, and this is a surprise; maybe it is time to reflect on your own attitude and preconceptions.
umm Truth be told this organization is reflective of Muslim culture and values, that is the norm, if you find its actions of virtue, and this is a surprise; maybe it is time to reflect on your own attitude and preconceptions. ancientandageing
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11:44am Mon 31 Mar 14

Roy Stockdill says...

ALL religions, without exception (and I include Christianity too) exist only in the minds of people who appear to be unable to think, analyse and rationalise for themselves and see what medieval, superstitious nonsense it all is!

However, when I see a Muslim organisation that appears to understand what it is to be British, especially in supporting British Legion's the poppy appeal, rather than wanting to force their antiquated views and culture onto us, then I can only approve.
ALL religions, without exception (and I include Christianity too) exist only in the minds of people who appear to be unable to think, analyse and rationalise for themselves and see what medieval, superstitious nonsense it all is! However, when I see a Muslim organisation that appears to understand what it is to be British, especially in supporting British Legion's the poppy appeal, rather than wanting to force their antiquated views and culture onto us, then I can only approve. Roy Stockdill
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12:35pm Mon 31 Mar 14

raffi says...

The fact is that it is our religion that teaches us these values of social welfare.

Islam teaches us that 'Loyalty to one's nation is part of our faith'.

Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) instructed us to look after the environment, 'If a Muslim plants a tree and a bird, an animal or a human benefits from it, it will be counted as charity for him.'

Our role model is the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who taught us to 'Feed the hungry and visit a sick person, and free the slave. Assist any person oppressed, whether Muslim or non-Muslim.'

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community live by our motto 'Love For All, Hatred For None.'
The fact is that it is our religion that teaches us these values of social welfare. Islam teaches us that 'Loyalty to one's nation is part of our faith'. Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) instructed us to look after the environment, 'If a Muslim plants a tree and a bird, an animal or a human benefits from it, it will be counted as charity for him.' Our role model is the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who taught us to 'Feed the hungry and visit a sick person, and free the slave. Assist any person oppressed, whether Muslim or non-Muslim.' Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community live by our motto 'Love For All, Hatred For None.' raffi
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12:50pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Roy Stockdill says...

Very worthy, but I still question why on earth anyone should still believe today a book written 1500-1600 years ago, at a time when the world was so utterly different, by someone who some historians don't believe even existed.

The Koran, the Bible and other religious treatises are pure fiction and fairy tales written long, long ago by unknown authors. You don't need some prophet or other to tell you to look after the environment, plant trees and assist others. Humanists and similar non-believers, i.e. atheists are just as capable of living decent lives and helping others. The idea that only Muslims do this is simply a load of pretentious, self indulgent rubbish.
Very worthy, but I still question why on earth anyone should still believe today a book written 1500-1600 years ago, at a time when the world was so utterly different, by someone who some historians don't believe even existed. The Koran, the Bible and other religious treatises are pure fiction and fairy tales written long, long ago by unknown authors. You don't need some prophet or other to tell you to look after the environment, plant trees and assist others. Humanists and similar non-believers, i.e. atheists are just as capable of living decent lives and helping others. The idea that only Muslims do this is simply a load of pretentious, self indulgent rubbish. Roy Stockdill
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1:46pm Mon 31 Mar 14

LSC says...

raffi wrote:
The fact is that it is our religion that teaches us these values of social welfare.

Islam teaches us that 'Loyalty to one's nation is part of our faith'.

Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) instructed us to look after the environment, 'If a Muslim plants a tree and a bird, an animal or a human benefits from it, it will be counted as charity for him.'

Our role model is the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who taught us to 'Feed the hungry and visit a sick person, and free the slave. Assist any person oppressed, whether Muslim or non-Muslim.'

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community live by our motto 'Love For All, Hatred For None.'
Very nice too. But I do all that without being told to, having a role model or reading a rule book. So do millions of others. How do you explain that?
[quote][p][bold]raffi[/bold] wrote: The fact is that it is our religion that teaches us these values of social welfare. Islam teaches us that 'Loyalty to one's nation is part of our faith'. Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) instructed us to look after the environment, 'If a Muslim plants a tree and a bird, an animal or a human benefits from it, it will be counted as charity for him.' Our role model is the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who taught us to 'Feed the hungry and visit a sick person, and free the slave. Assist any person oppressed, whether Muslim or non-Muslim.' Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community live by our motto 'Love For All, Hatred For None.'[/p][/quote]Very nice too. But I do all that without being told to, having a role model or reading a rule book. So do millions of others. How do you explain that? LSC
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2:03pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Roy Stockdill says...

Quite so, LSC!

As you so rightly say, millions of people manage to live decent and honest lives without needing to read a book written 1500 years ago by some self-proclaimed prophet or going into a church, temple or mosque and indulging in meaningless rituals involving prostrating oneself on the floor and praying to a mythical god.

It's the sheer ritualistic absurdity and self indulgent ceremonies of organised religion that we non-believers find so hard to understand, not to mention the arrogance and moralising conceit of those who claim that only believers can live proper lives!
Quite so, LSC! As you so rightly say, millions of people manage to live decent and honest lives without needing to read a book written 1500 years ago by some self-proclaimed prophet or going into a church, temple or mosque and indulging in meaningless rituals involving prostrating oneself on the floor and praying to a mythical god. It's the sheer ritualistic absurdity and self indulgent ceremonies of organised religion that we non-believers find so hard to understand, not to mention the arrogance and moralising conceit of those who claim that only believers can live proper lives! Roy Stockdill
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12:26pm Fri 4 Apr 14

raffi says...

Everyone has a motivation to perform certain acts that some may consider noble. Some are motivated by their faith, others may be motivated by their desire to do good and some others simply for their ego.

As long as the intention is good and the outcome is positive it doesn't really matter why one does it. The main thing is that the act benefits society as a whole and as a side effect it brings happiness to others thereby making you happy.
Everyone has a motivation to perform certain acts that some may consider noble. Some are motivated by their faith, others may be motivated by their desire to do good and some others simply for their ego. As long as the intention is good and the outcome is positive it doesn't really matter why one does it. The main thing is that the act benefits society as a whole and as a side effect it brings happiness to others thereby making you happy. raffi
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