Run for Calgary 2015

AHMADIYYA MUSLIM JAMA’AT CONTINUES ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ALBERTA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamā’at continues its partnership with the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation (ACHF) to organize the annual “Run for Calgary”. All proceeds of this event will go to ACHF to help sick and injured children in our community.

The Run will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Eau Claire Market in downtown Calgary.

The “Run for Calgary” is an initiative of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamā’at to raise awareness and support non-profit and other social organizations in Calgary. The Run brings out serious and casual runners and walkers from all across Calgary. Participants come with their families to participate in the 10km, 5km or 3km run/ walk, support a great cause and enjoy the festivities of the day. Participants can register at;

http://www.childrenshospital.ab.ca/site/PageServer?pagename=RunForCalgary

The First Run for Calgary was held in 2010 and has since become an annual event. Since 2012, the event has collaborated with the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and has raised $ 80,000 for the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Media is requested to promote this event and the noble cause. Organizers are available for media interviews.

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HOUSE OF HEAVENLY LIGHT

Prime Minister Stephen Harper participated in the unveiling of Canada’s largest mosque complex. The spectacular 48,000-square-foot Baitun Nur mosque was inaugurated by Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih V aa.

“Ahmadis are renowned for their devotion to peace, universal brotherhood and submission to the will of God – the core principles of true Islam,” said Prime Minister Harper. “They are also renowned for working together to serve the greater good through social, health and education initiatives, as well as mosque projects like this one. And wherever they live in the world, Ahmadis are renowned for participating in the larger community and peacefully co-existing with people of all faiths, languages and cultures”…

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By the Grace of Allah the Bait-un-nur mosque complex has been completed through voluntary donations of individual members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

The mosque complex provides the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community with a central focal point for meetings, social and religious events on a greater scale that was not possible in the much smaller Calgary mosque. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community acquired the site in 2003, and Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth Khalifa laid the foundation stone on 18th June 2005.

“On laying the foundation stone of this magnificent mosque, Canadian values are flourishing in the City of Calgary.” His Worship Mr. Dave Bronconnier, Mayor of Calgary

Community

Community

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a religious organization, international in its scope, with branches in over 189 countries in Africa, North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. This is the most dynamic denomination of Islam in modern history, with worldwide membership exceeding tens of millions.

The Ahmadiyya Community was established in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) in a small and remote village, Qadian, in the Punjab, India. He claimed to be the expected reformer of the latter days, the Awaited One of the world community of religions (The Mahdi and Messiah). The Community he started is an embodiment of the benevolent message of Islam — peace, universal brotherhood, and submission to the Will of God — in its pristine purity. Hadhrat Ahmad proclaimed Islam as the religion of man: ” The religion of the people of the right path ” ( 98:6 )

With this conviction, the Ahmadiyya Community, within a century, has reached the corners of the Earth. Wherever the Community is established, it endeavors to exert a constructive influence of Islam through social projects, educational institutes, health services, Islamic publications and construction of mosques, despite being bitterly persecuted in some countries. Ahmadi Muslims have earned the distinction of being a law-abiding, peaceful, persevering and benevolent community.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam was created under divine guidance with the objective to rejuvenate Islamic moral and spiritual values. It encourages interfaith dialogue, and diligently defends Islam and tries to correct misunderstandings about Islam in the West. It advocates peace, tolerance, love and understanding among followers of different faiths. It firmly believes in and acts upon the Qur’anic teaching: There is no compulsion in religion. ” ( 2:257 It strongly rejects violence and terrorism in any form and for any reason.

The Community offers a clear presentation of Islamic wisdom, philosophy, morals and spirituality as derived from the Holy Qur’an and the practice (Sunnah) of the Holy Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him). Some Ahmadis’, like late Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan (who served as the first Foreign Minister of Pakistan; President of the 17 th General Assembly of U.N.O.; President and Judge of the International Court of Justice, at the Hague), and Dr. Abdus Salam (the Nobel Laureate in Physics in 1979), have also been recognized by the world community for their outstanding services and achievements.

After the demise of its founder, the Ahmadiyya Community has been headed by his elected successors —Khalifas . The present Head of the Movement, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, was elected in 2003. His official title is Khalifatul Massih V .

Purpose of Worship

Purpose of Worship

The purpose of the creation of man, according to Islam, is that he should worship Allah.

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

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“I have not created the jinn and the men but that they may worship Me”. (51:57)

Worship means total obedience to the commands of Allah. The Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, brought the message of God and explained all the commandments concerning the religion of Islam.

Islam has five basic duties which a Muslim has to perform. They are known as the Five Fundamentals of Islam or the Five Pillars of Islam.

The first pillar is called Kalima Shahadah, the declaration of Islamic faith, i.e; to bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. The oneness of God is the basis of our belief in Islam.

The second pillar is called Salat, i.e; to perform Prayer in a prescribed form.

The third pillar is called Zakat, a form of levy which Muslims of means pay annually in cash or kind, and is spent for good causes mentioned in the Holy Quran.

The fourth pillar is called Saum, i.e; to keep fasts in the month of Ramadhan.

The fifth pillar is called Hajj, i.e; to perform pilgrimage to the Kaaba in Makkah at least once in the lifetime of a Muslim.

Of all religious obligations, Islam has laid greatest emphasis on the institution of Salat. It is enjoined upon every Muslim to pray five times a day. Besides the five obligatory Prayers, there are other types of Prayers which are optional.

A Muslim takes the spiritual side of life as seriously as a worldly person takes the material side of it. As air and food are essential for our physical life, likewise, we cannot survive spiritually without offering Salat or Prayer regularly in different parts of the day. Salat or Prayer, consists of various postures, i.e; Standing called Qiyam, Bowing down called Ruku, Prostration called Sajdah and Sitting called Qa’dah. During each posture prescribed, phrases are to be recited. As these phrases are in Arabic, every Muslim is required not only to memorise these verses but also to know their meaning so that the worshipper knows what he is saying to his Lord during the Prayer.

Mosque plays a significant role in the spiritual development of a Muslim. Muslims, who live near the Mosque, are required to worship, five times a day, in Mosque.