Life as a Huddersfield Muslim: Feeding the homeless, donating blood and helping those in need

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK has existed for more than 100 years. The community has been leading a peaceful revival of Islam, calling for peace and harmony across all religions and faiths. The organisation found its roots in the UK in 1913 in London but has since spread across the whole country, including a very important branch located in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Ahmadiyya, officially the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community or the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, is an Islamic revival originating in Punjab, India in a city called Qaudian. The original founder died in 1908 and his name was Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (AS). Since then the group has been led by a series of Caliphs, who are the divine leadership, the current leader Mirza Masroor Ahmad continues to relay a message of peace right across the globe.

As the Promised Messiah, Ahmad claimed that God sent him to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed, and restore morality, justice, and peace. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true teachings. Fatihul-haq said: “Our activities cover such areas as tree planting, blood donation, town centre cleaning, homeless feeding, poverty relief, all of which we do within an ethos of inter-faith working. “In our community activities, we are always guided by our principles of seeking to improve life for all members of society.

“Our fifth Caliph his Holiness Hardhat Mirza Masroor Ahmad May Allah be his helper, who calls upon us to act to live up to our motto of “Love for all, Hatred for none” in accordance with the true teachings of Islam. “Worldwide, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community seek to follow the one path laid down by our Caliph. Our Caliph is a man of Peace who seeks to build greater harmony amongst all people. His main themes are harmony, love, peace and justice. Islam was established over 1,400 years ago by the Prophet Muhammad and exists to be a universal religion of peace and harmony. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community now has chapters across 213 countries.

In the past, the Islam community has faced persecution and in Fatihul’s home of Pakistan, there have been serious issues for the human rights of Ahmadis. Fatihul came to the UK from Pakistan following the change in laws, which saw him and others prevented from sharing his teachings. Since his arrival in the UK, he has thanked the people of his local community for being so welcoming. He said: “We don’t believe in demonstration, we believe that we should stick together through dialogue and the Jihad is not with the sword but with the pen. “We want to teach a message of peace and harmony.” “If we can all work together, we can have a good society, this is why young people are involved from such a young age.

“We respect and understand the other religions.” “The teaching of Islam is that all faiths should work together.” “This is why I migrated from Pakistan to the UK, I could not perform my teachings and prayers, I am thankful to the British people and the Government, we feel very welcomed here, we can freely move, freely educate and I thank people for that. “We are trying to work together and open to everyone who needs any help, we can help them in any way.” The activities of the Huddersfield community have been recognised by the Queen and Fatihul has been invited to Buckingham Palace twice along with other dignitaries. Ahmadiyya Muslim Association work have also been commended by local and National politicians and faith leaders.