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two special guests at Jalsa Salana’s 50,000-strong near London gathering


Over 50,000 visitors from all over the world congregated over the British summer weekend of July 28th to 30th, 2023, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and commitment.

Noted human rights defender, expert in MENA in the European Parliament, and champion of minority rights, Manel Msalmi, shines a spotlight on the escalating crisis of the Ahmadi Muslim community's persecution across the world.

Noted human rights defender, expert in MENA in the European Parliament, and champion of minority rights, Manel Msalmi, shines a spotlight on the escalating crisis of the Ahmadi Muslim community’s persecution across the world.

These people in the photo are Sharif Ahmad in the background with his father, the tour company and the Ahmadiyya's Belgium PR person who picked up Andy Vermaut safely at home and brought him back home after the conference.

These people in the photo are Sharif Ahmad in the background with his father, the tour company and the Ahmadiyya’s Belgium PR person who picked up Andy Vermaut safely at home and brought him back home after the conference.

Andy Vermaut who is also EU Climate Pact Ambassador underscored that the Ahmadiyya community embodies humanity's collective aspirations for peace.

Andy Vermaut who is also EU Climate Pact Ambassador underscored that the Ahmadiyya community embodies humanity’s collective aspirations for peace.

Human Rights Advocate Andy Vermaut had the privilege to meet Hamid Algabid, former Prime Minister of Niger and former Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

Human Rights Advocate Andy Vermaut had the privilege to meet Hamid Algabid, former Prime Minister of Niger and former Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

Over 50,000 visitors from all over the world congregated over the British summer weekend of July 28th to 30th, 2023, in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Manel Msalmi draws attention to Iran’s reputation for its intolerance against ideologies that conflict with its political framework. This includes the Ahmadi community, which Iran fails to recognize.”

— President of the European Association for Defense of Minorities

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, August 4, 2023/EINPresswire.com/ — A collective cry for unity, equality, and peace echoed from the United Kingdom as renowned personalities, Manel Msalmi and Andy Vermaut, prepared impassioned speeches for the Ahmadiyya UK Jalsa Salana Conference 2023.

Manel Msalmi: spotlighting the Ahmadi Muslim persecution worldwide
Manel Msalmi, a staunch defender of oppressed minorities, brought forth the grim narrative of the Ahmadi Muslim minority’s persecution. Her speech underscored the recurring pattern of discrimination, hate speech, bullying, and false accusations against Ahmadi Muslims in nations where radical Islamists impose Sharia law. Manel Msalmi particularly highlighted the plight of the Ahmadis in Iran post the Iranian protests of 2022. The Iranian government’s intolerance against the Ahmadi community reached a peak with the unjust detention of 15 Ahmadi followers, including minors and women, who were then dispatched to Iran’s Evin Prison. The Ahmadiyya women, who reject the forced hijab according to their beliefs, face dual discrimination and persecution for defying the Sharia law.

Manel Msalmi: a staunch advocate for Ahmadi Muslim minority rights
Noted human rights defender, expert in MENA in the European Parliament, and champion of minority rights, Manel Msalmi, shines a spotlight on the escalating crisis of the Ahmadi Muslim community’s persecution across the world. She brings to light the discrimination, hate speech, bullying, and false accusations this community has faced, notably in countries where radical Islamists attempt to enforce Sharia law.

Rise in persecution: a global concern
Manel Msalmi points to the findings from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom report of 2021, which details an increase in governmental persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims. According to Msalmi, many Muslim-majority countries, such as Algeria, Pakistan, and Malaysia, exhibit intolerance and violence towards the Ahmadiyya Muslims. Manel Msalmi emphasizes how these nations have denied Ahmadiyya Muslims their right to freedom of religion, resulting in grievous human rights violations.

A deeper look: infringements on religious freedom
Authorities in these nations, as Manel Msalmi explains, have targeted Ahmadis for their beliefs, including wrongful convictions of blasphemy. They have denied them citizenship, curtailed their worship rights, and subjected them to hate speech and violent incitements. Manel Msalmi stresses that some jurisdictions even forbid Ahmadis from identifying as Muslims, punishing them for doing so, and prohibit them from referring to their places of worship as mosques.

Iranian injustice: Ahmadiyya community under fire
Manel Msalmi draws attention to Iran’s notorious reputation for its intolerance against ideologies or faiths that conflict with its political framework. This includes the Ahmadi community, which Iran’s government fails to recognize. She highlights the unjust persecution and imprisonment of innocent believers, including minors and women, following the Iranian protests in 2022. On December 15, 2022, 15 Iranian followers of the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light were unjustly detained and sent to Iran’s Evin Prison.

Manel Msalmi on Ahmadi women’s double persecution in Iran
Msalmi adds an additional layer to the discussion: Ahmadiyya women in Iran face a double layer of persecution, not only for their faith but also because they do not wear the forced hijab according to their belief, a violation of Iran’s Sharia law.

Manel Msalmi’s call to action
In shedding light on these deeply concerning issues, Manel Msalmi calls on the global community to address this grave violation of religious freedom and human rights. She implores leaders worldwide to acknowledge the pressing situation of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community and take immediate action. With her unwavering commitment to human rights and minority rights, Manel Msalmi continues to advocate for the rights of the oppressed, reminding the world that the fight for justice must never cease.

Andy Vermaut: the Ahmadiyya vision of universal unity and peace
Andy Vermaut, a globally recognized human rights activist, introduced a powerful narrative of the Ahmadiyya community’s universal unity, empathy, and peace. He applauded the Ahmadiyya fellowship for their unwavering strength and radiant vision, standing out as a beacon guiding humanity through societal differences. Their ethos, he argued, traverses borders and cultures, uniting the world under the universal flag of human virtues. Andy Vermaut urged the attendees to envision a world abundant in love, acceptance, unity, and peace, where faith is unshadowed by fear, and peace becomes an everyday reality. Drawing inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream, Andy Vermaut who is also EU Climate Pact Ambassador underscored that the Ahmadiyya community embodies humanity’s collective aspirations for peace.

An advocate’s reflection: Andy Vermaut on the Ahmadiyya Community
Renowned human rights advocate, Andy Vermaut, has long been the voice of marginalized communities. On this occasion, he powerfully highlights the Ahmadiyya community, a group embodying unity, empathy, and peace in their ethos.

The birth of Ahmadiyya: a turning point in history
Drawing from his experiences, Andy Vermaut paints a vivid picture of the Ahmadiyya community’s birth in the late 19th century. He recalls the story of their founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who Vermaut notes, injected new life into Islamic teachings and initiated a spiritual revolution. His narrative forms an intricate web of historical and spiritual insight, amplifying the voice of the Ahmadiyya community through his articulate and passionate discourse.

The Ahmadiyya: a guiding light amidst societal differences
Andy Vermaut repeatedly praises the Ahmadiyya community’s unwavering commitment to peace and harmony, regardless of societal differences. He describes them not merely as another religious movement but as a guiding light, a beacon navigating the tumultuous seas of societal differences and casting light on the path of equality.

A Vision of Unity and Peace: Vermaut’s Ahmadiyya-inspired World
Through his unique perspective, Andy Vermaut prompts readers to imagine a world imbued with the Ahmadiyya spirit – a world abundant in love, acceptance, unity, and peace. He envisions a world where faith is unshadowed by fear, where conversations with neighbours are free from prejudice, and peace is an everyday reality.

Drawing Parallels: The Ahmadiyya Community and Martin Luther King’s Dream
Drawing on the words of Martin Luther King, Andy Vermaut suggests that the Ahmadiyya community represents a living testament to brotherhood, unity, and peace. His heartfelt admiration for their values mirrors his own commitment to human rights and equality.

The Power of Enduring Values: Andy Vermaut’s Insight
Throughout his prepared discourse, Andy Vermaut stresses that our world’s greatness does not stem from our weaponry or wealth but from our dedication to enduring values – freedom, respect for individual dignity, and our continuous quest for justice and fairness.

Shared dreams, shared destiny: Vermaut’s call to unity
Andy Vermaut is adamant in his belief that the dream of the Ahmadiyya community for a world teeming with love, peace, and unity is a dream shared by all humanity. He urges his fellow sojourners to remember that our identity is not confined by language, faith, or the colour of our skin. Instead, as Vermaut often states, it is defined by our shared values, dreams, and destiny.

Andy Vermaut on change: a goal, an ideal, a vision
According to Andy Vermaut, change is not an unseen force shaping our destiny. Rather, it is a goal we strive for, an ideal we nourish, and a vision we passionately advocate for. He implores everyone to unite and shape a world where love conquers hate, peace silences violence, and unity dissolves division.

Andy Vermaut’s call to action
Andy Vermaut concludes his compelling narrative by expressing gratitude and calling for continued support and dedication towards achieving peace, unity, and empathy. His unwavering conviction and commitment to these ideals echo in every sentence he utters. In his final sentiments, Andy Vermaut leaves us with the profound impression that together, we can indeed be inspired.

Jalsa Salana 2023: a global epicenter of unity and peace
For the second time, the Jalsa Salana, the largest global gathering of Muslims, painted an awe-inspiring picture of unity and peace. Over 50,000 visitors from all over the world congregated over the British summer weekend of July 28th to 30th, 2023, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and commitment.
The conference was punctuated with spiritual highlights, including the raising of the Liwa-e-Ahmadiyyat, a flag symbolizing spiritual unity and purpose, and addresses by global Muslim leaders, including Hazrat Amirul Momineen Khalifatul Masih V. Guests had the honor of meeting and interacting with Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the head of the International Ahmadiya Muslim Community, whose profound insights on global issues were deeply impactful.
Among the notable attendees were Manel Msalmi, chair of the Liberal Francophone Women in Brussels, and Raphael de Macar from Brussels, known for his significant benefit action for cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast. Their presence underscored the importance of solidarity and the promotion of justice on a global scale. The Jalsa Salana 2023 was not just a gathering of individuals but a convergence of visions and aspirations for a world characterized by unity, equality, and peace. It stood as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Ahmadiyya community, further fueling the global commitment to defend their rights and amplify their voices for peace. As Andy Vermaut stated, “Together, we can move mountains.”

A transformative encounter: Andy Vermaut meets the head of the international Ahmadiya Muslim community
The renowned human rights defender, President of the Fundamental Rights Association Postversa, EU Climate Pact Ambassador, and Chair of the World Council for Public Diplomacy and Community Dialogue, Andy Vermaut, shared his profound reflections on his recent meeting with the distinguished head of the International Ahmadiya Muslim Community.

A profound spiritual impact
Andy Vermaut expressed that his encounter with the Ahmadiya leader evoked an awe of titanic proportions within him. The profound understanding and wisdom demonstrated by the leader, which transcends the complexities of our world, left Vermaut staggered and humbled.

The privilege of dialogue and shared purpose
As a human rights defender, Andy Vermaut found his engagement with such a wise figure to be a celestial event of extraordinary and ineffable significance. He drew a comparison of this interaction to tracing the trajectory of a comet, emphasizing the deep resonance this encounter had within him.

A radiating transcendent force
Andy Vermaut noted a palpable energy emanating from the Ahmadiya leader, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. His presence was described as a seismic shift within the world, an undying vigor enduring through grand speeches and the weight of global concerns.

The relentless dedication of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad
Witnessing the unwavering dedication of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad was akin to discovering a rare gem in an expanse of desert for Vermaut. The experience served to illuminate his consciousness with a humbling and inspiring clarity. It also reaffirmed his reverence and gratitude for the privilege to resonate with the Ahmadiya vision of our shared world.

An ocean of respect
Andy Vermaut expressed his immense respect for Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who, in his view, bears upon his shoulders the atlas of our shared human experience. His gratitude extends to Sharif Ahmad and Ahmad Idrees for guiding him to this beacon of wisdom and strength. This encounter invigorated his resolve to combat the oppression inflicted upon Ahmadis worldwide with renewed fervor.

A renewed commitment
This personal communion with Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad served as a wellspring of life-force for Vermaut. It infused him with an indomitable spirit to pursue his path, challenging every act of persecution, standing as a bulwark for the rights of the marginalized, and amplifying the voices of the voiceless.

Andy Vermaut’s final statement
Despite the path weaving through the crags of adversity, Vermaut expressed that it now gleams with steadfast resolve, lit by the fire of this transformative encounter. He signed off his reflections as “Andy Vermaut, Champion of Human Rights and a steadfast beacon in the tempest of our times.”

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