Amidst the lingering crises among the world’s superpowers, a prominent traditional ruler, the Otaru of Auchi Kingdom, Alhaji Aliru H. Momoh (Ikelebe III) has commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for its continuous campaign on global peace and religious tolerance.
The monarch made the speech during the official visit of the Amir (National Head) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Alhaji (Barr.) Folorunso Azeez Alatoye to the Otaru’s Palace in Auchi.
Alhaji Momoh, who expressed his displeasure over the current state of affairs in international politics especially among the Muslim World, showered encomiums on the worldwide head of Ahmadiyya Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Allah be his Helper) who has been championing the campaign against imminent Third World War and the need to embrace global peace.
He described the Muslim Organization as one of the few who have been carrying out divine instructions on peaceful coexistence, truthfulness, and justice. He, therefore, enjoined other religious groups to follow suit.
His words: “The current state of affairs in global politics is a call for concern. The world is in disarray and the powers are treading the paths of a Third World War. It is on this basis that I commend the global peace campaign of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Its global head has continued to advise world leaders to embrace peace.
“Generally the mission and vision of Ahmadiyya Community are worthy of emulation. It is essential for Muslims all over the world to follow Divine teachings and instructions in the Holy Qur’an like the organization. We must all act on our preaching and eschew lies and deceit. The world will definitely be at peace when we embrace truthfulness, justice, and peaceful coexistence. That is why we have made it a rule in Auchi Sacred Kingdom to stand firm and do justice always.”
Objectives of Ahmadiyya Community
The National Head, while delivering his speech summarised the aims, objectives, and activities of the Ahmadiyya Community in Nigeria and globally.
Aside from upholding the true tenets and teachings of Islam, Barrister Alatoye said the Community also focuses on the spiritual, moral and physical wellbeing of the people, irrespective of their ethnic groups, religious affiliations, culture, languages, and belief system.
He said: “It is incumbent on us as a Muslim organization to cater for the wellbeing of the masses irrespective of their religious leanings and differences. That is why we have established a non-governmental organization Humanity First International which caters to the needy and the downtrodden. Some of the focal points include education, health delivery, water for all, eye for all, disaster recovery and provision of relief items for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).”
The Amir appreciated the monarch for granting the delegation audience at short notice and his continuous support and cooperation with members of the Jama’at in Auchi Kingdom. He also used the opportunity to formally invite the Otaru to the International Conference of the Community in the United Kingdom later in the year with an opportunity for a private meeting with the Supreme Head.
Reconstruction of Ahmadiyya Muslim Hospital Auchi
Barrister Alatoye, in his speech, also vowed that the Community will soon commence the reconstruction of a health facility in Auchi.
He had earlier visited the hospital site which was built on a large expanse of land measuring 600m by 600m.
Amir Addresses Auchi members
The Amir held a brief meeting with members of Ahmadiyya Community at the Ahmadiyya Central Mosque, Auchi where he emphasised complete obedience to the institution of Khilafat.
He also discussed His Holiness goodwill message to the last Jalsa Salana held at Ilaro and urged members to always make references to the keywords mentioned therein – Peace and Love. He believed members will only succeed in winning more converts into the fold if these attributes are in place.
Barrister Alatoye further admonished members to improve on their level of spiritual, physical, moral and financial sacrifices in the way of Allah.
Visit to Ahmadiyya Hospital Ijebu-Ode
The National Head and his entourage also paid a visit to Ahmadiyya Muslim Hospital
inspected the facility with a view to improving it.
The team proceeded to Ijebu-Imosan to inspect the Jama’at land covering 65Acres. The land is being proposed to be used as Minaret International University College of Agriculture.
Among the entourage of Amir to the two-day official tour include the Missionary Incharge, Maulana Afzaal Ahmad Rauf; the Naib Amir (Deputy National Amir) Finance and Administration, Alhaji Mufadhil Bankole; Naib Amir Ta’leem & Tarbiyya (Education & Moral Training), Alhaji Tajudeen Onabanjo; the Medical Director, Ahmadiyya Muslim Hospital, Ojokoro, Dr. Sami Ullah Tahir; and former Naib Amir Special Duties, Alhaji Ahmed Al-Hassan.