His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad is the worldwide leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Elected to office in April 2003, His Holiness is the fifth Khalifa (Caliph) of the Ahmadiyya Community following the demise of the founder in 1908 .He leads the global community that is now established in over 200 countries with tens of millions of members worldwide.
His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad is internationally respected and has repeatedly spoken on the need for peace. His latest parliamentary address was delivered in The Netherlands, on 6th October 2015 where His Holiness emphasised the need for justice as a means to peace. He stated: “Islam teaches that in all circumstances, no matter how difficult, you must remain firmly attached to the principles of justice and integrity… The truth is that sustainable peace can never be established until there is justice at every level of society.
His Holiness is a passionate advocate for universal human rights and peace and has delivered addresses at parliaments across the world including Capitol Hill,the European Parliament and the House of Commons. He was the keynote speaker at the Conference of World Religions held at Guildhall in February 2014.
As the world’s leading Muslim figure promoting peace and inter-religious harmony, His Holiness continually advocates the path to peace through the worship of God Almighty and service to humanity. Through his many sermons, lectures, books and personal meetings he has called for the separation of mosque and state and has championed the need for universal human rights through justice for all.
In 2004 he launched the annual National Peace Symposium which is attended by nearly one thousand people including ministers, parliamentarians, faith leaders, diplomats and other dignitaries.
In 2009 he launched the annual ‘Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace‘. This is an international peace award for an individual or organisation that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment and service to the cause of peace and humanitarianism.
In the same year he initiated national peace campaigns comprising of distribution of leaflets promoting the need for peace through greater understanding. In the UK this leaflet has reached five million homes and is increasing day by day. This was supplemented by an international awareness campaign that featured adverts on buses, billboards as well as a large number of interfaith & peace symposia and exhibitions of the Holy Qur’an.
In 2012, in light of the growing global tensions, His Holiness wrote a series of letters to world leaders calling for the peaceful resolution to world conflicts.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad has travelled globally to promote and facilitate service to humanity. He regularly meets presidents, prime ministers, other heads of state, parliamentarians and ambassadors to promote dialogue and press for the need for peace and respect. He has delivered a number of keynote addresses across the world including: