Muslim community marks the end of Ramadan with celebrations at Morden mosque


The Baitul Faith Mosque is the largest in Europe.


By SWLondoner staff

Thousands of Muslims gathered in Morden this weekend to take part in Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

The end of Ramadan was marked by worshippers at the Baitul Faith Mosque, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in Western Europe.

The movement’s leader, His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmed, delivered a sermon which was broadcast across the globe.

Rafiq Hyat, national president of the Ahmadiyya community in the UK, told the BBC that His Holiness has always encouraged all the various communities to come together in peaceful dialogue to try and achieve peace through justice.

“He feels the only way we are going to have peace in this world is if there is justice from all sides and once we have justice we will have peace.”

Mr Hyat also talked about life as a Muslim following the killing of fusilier Lee Rigby in May.

He said: “I have lived in London most of my life and I feel that it is one of the most tolerant cities in the world now, it is one of the most cosmopolitan cities.

“I think there is generally an understanding that these people that do such acts are just pure criminals, they have nothing to do with the faith.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community, which has bases in more than 175 countries, is celebrating 100 years of its establishment in Britain this year.

It was founded in the late 19th Century in India but its leader has been based in the UK since 1984 as a result of persecution in Pakistan.

In 1974 the community was declared non-Muslim by the Pakistan government because of theological differences with mainstream Islam.

Photo courtesy of BerylM, with thanks.

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