Ahmadiyya Muslims attend Anzac Day service

25.04.2016

Ahmadiyya Muslims say they′re thankful to Anzac diggers for helping create an Australia that honours and upholds the freedom and rights of its people.

Dozens of members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community turned out at Anzac Day Dawn Services in Sydney to honour soldiers killed in World War I in defence of Australia.

Sydney coordinator Tariq Ahmad said the Ahmadis, who face discrimination and systematic persecution by other Muslims worldwide, wanted to show their gratitude for the freedom Australia has afforded them. ″We hope by attending we will inculcate in other Australians a sense of our love and respect for not only their traditions, but also what Anzac soldiers have done to bring the country to where it is now,″ he said.

Mr Ahmad said they were also motivated by an Islamic principle of loving and respecting one′s country of residence.

″It is a day of great importance and a day when we as a nation should reiterate our pledge of loyalty and service to the country [whether] in war and peace,″ the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia, Mr. I. H. Kauser, said in a statement. ″Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia always pledge their loyalties to their homeland. We are always ready to sacrifice our life, our wealth, our time and our honour for the sake of our country.″    (ninemsn 2016)

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