Anees Ahmad Nadeem, Missionary-in-charge, Japan
The International Day of Peace or World Peace Day is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a “culture of peace”. Various events and seminars are also held to reassure we are fully committed in playing our part for building a peaceful world.
A seminar and a prayer ceremony was also held in Nagoya to commemorate this day. Aichi Gokoku Shrine is a central shrine dedicated to the fallen heroes of the Aichi region who died protecting their country throughout history. Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya was also invited to present the Islamic principles for establishing lasting peace in the world.
I had the privilege of presenting a brief, yet comprehensive introduction to Islam. Moreover, the noble model and the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa in regard to establishing peace were shared with the audience. For example, while defining the terms of a believer and Muslim, the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa stated in his farewell address:
“‘The believer is the one from whom their [people’s] wealth and lives are safe, and the muhajir is the one who forsakes mistakes and sins.’”
An introduction of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya was given to Rev Takaba, the chief priest of the Shinto shrine along with other guests.
Following this, World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace, a compilation of speeches and letters to world leaders by Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa was presented to him as a gift. A copy of the letter of Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa addressed to the prime minister of Japan with the Japanese translation was also presented to him.
This seminar was attended by 30 guests including college students. It concluded with a prayer ceremony where everyone prayed for the ending of wars taking place in various parts of the world, for the groups facing religious persecution and for the advancement and prosperity of Japan.