Letter from Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
16 Gressenhall Road
19 April 2012
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Realms
London SW1A 1AA
As Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and on behalf of the millions of members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community worldwide, I express my heartfelt congratulations to Her Majesty, the Queen, on the joyous occasion of the Diamond Jubilee. We are exceptionally grateful to God Almighty for enabling us to partake in this glorious celebration. In particular, all Ahmadi Muslims who are citizens of the United Kingdom take great pleasure and pride in the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee. Therefore, on their behalf, I convey sincere and heartfelt congratulations to Her Majesty. May God the Exalted keep our generous Queen perpetually in happiness and contentment.
I beseech the Noble God, Who created the heavens and the earth and filled them with countless blessings for our sustenance, that may He always grant our Queen, whose generous rule comprises many sovereign states and commonwealth nations, with peace, tranquillity and security. Just as Her Majesty is loved and respected by all her subjects, old and young, it is our prayer that Her Majesty comes to be loved by the Angels of God. May the All-Powerful and Mighty God shower Her Majesty generously with His countless spiritual bounties and blessings, just as He has granted her with worldly blessings in abundance. Through these blessings, may all citizens of this great nation be enabled to recognise the Supreme Lord and come to live in mutual love and affection. Irrespective of colour, creed, nationality or religion may all citizens of the United Kingdom show respect and honour to one another, to such a degree, that the positive impact and influence of this attitude extends beyond these shores and spreads to the people of other countries of the world also. May the world, much of which today is embroiled in wars, disorder and enmities instead become a haven of peace, love, brotherhood and friendship. It is my strong belief that the vision and efforts of Her Majesty can play a prominent role towards achieving this critical and overarching objective.
In the last century, two World Wars were fought in which millions of lives were lost. If today grievances between nations continue to increase, it will ultimately lead to the outbreak of another World War. The likely use of nuclear weapons in a World War will mean that the world will witness untold and horrifying destruction. May God prevent such a catastrophe from occurring and may all people of the world adopt wisdom and sense. It is my humble request to Her Majesty to use the joyous celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, as a favour to mankind, to remind all people that all nations, whether large or small, should come to live in mutual love, peace and harmony.
In this context, on the auspicious occasion of the Diamond Jubilee, I would also humbly request Her Majesty to give the world the message that the followers of any religion, and even those who do not believe in God, should always respect the sentiments of the people of any other faith. Today, misconceptions regarding Islam are prevalent in the world. This on the one hand wounds the sentiments of peace-loving Muslims, whilst on the other, develops contempt and mistrust against Islam in the hearts of non-Muslims. Thus, it will be an act of great kindness and a favour to the followers of all religions, and indeed the entire world, if Her Majesty counsels all people to be respectful to religions and their followers. May the Noble Lord provide His Help and Succour to our Queen in the fulfilment of this objective.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this letter, I am the Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. In this regard, I would like to provide a very brief overview of our Community. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community firmly believes that the Promised Messiah and Reformer who, according to the prophecies of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and past Prophets was destined to appear in this age, is none other than Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (peace be upon him). In 1889, he founded a pure and righteous community—the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. His purpose for forming this Community was to establish a relationship between man and God and to incline people towards fulfilling the rights of one another so that they can live in mutual respect, and in goodwill. When Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him) passed away in 1908, he had approximately 400,000 followers. After his demise, the system of Khilafat was established in accordance with the Divine Will and currently, this humble servant of God is the Fifth Khalifa of the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him). Thus, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community endeavours to further the mission of its Founder throughout the world. Our message is one of love, reconciliation and brotherhood and our motto is ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’. Indeed, this embodies the beautiful teachings of Islam in a nutshell.
It would be pertinent to mention here that it is a pleasant coincidence that during the era of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, was celebrated. At the time, the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Community wrote a book, called A Gift for the Queen, in which he wrote a message of congratulations to Queen Victoria. In his message, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him) congratulated the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee, and for the manner in which all subjects under her rule, including the people of the Sub-Continent of India, were provided with justice and religious freedom and lived in peace. He presented the beautiful teachings of Islam and elucidated the purpose of his advent and claim. Although the people of the Sub-Continent have now been granted independence by the British Government, the fact that in Britain the Government has allowed people of diverse backgrounds and religions to live here, and has granted them all equal rights, freedom of religion and freedom to express and to propagate their beliefs, is ample proof of Britain’s very high levels of tolerance.
Today, there are thousands of Ahmadi Muslims living in the United Kingdom. Many of them have fled here to seek refuge from the persecution they faced in their own countries. Under the generous rule of Her Majesty, they enjoy a peaceful life in which they receive justice, and freedom of religion. For this generosity, I would like to once again express my gratitude from my heart to our noble Queen.
I shall conclude my letter with the following prayer for Her Majesty, which is virtually the same prayer that was offered by the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for Her Majesty, Queen Victoria:
“O Powerful and Noble God! Through your Grace and Blessings keep our honoured Queen forever joyful, in the same way that we are living joyfully under her benevolent and benign rule. Almighty God! Be kind and loving to her, in the same way that we are living in peace and prosperity under her generous and kind rule.”
Further, it is my prayer that may God the Exalted guide our honoured Queen in a manner that pleases Him. May God the Almighty also guide the progeny of Her Majesty to become established on the Truth and to guiding others towards it. May the attributes of justice and freedom continue to remain the guiding principles of the British Monarchy. I once again congratulate Her Majesty from my heart on this occasion of great joy. I present my heartfelt and sincere congratulations to our noble Queen.
With best wishes and with prayers,
MIRZA MASROOR AHMAD
Khalifatul Masih V
Head of the worldwide
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community