During the first week of his second tour of Australia, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat and Fifth Khalifa, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad was interviewed by a journalist representing both the ‘The Standard’ and the ‘Daily Telegraph’ newspapers and another representing the ‘Blacktown Sun’. The interviews were conducted at the Baitul Huda Mosque in Sydney.
During the interview, His Holiness was asked a range of questions including the purpose of his visit to Australia. He said his foremost objective was to meet with the Ahmadi Muslims of Australia and counsel them towards high moral standards and always upholding the laws of the land.
In response to a question about whether Ahmadi Muslims had been accepted by the wider Australian society, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“I believe that amongst all Muslim communities it is Ahmadi Muslims who are the most widely accepted by the wider society, because we openly proclaim love for the country in which we live. We are law abiding, our message is of peace and our slogan is ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’ – and so I do not think anyone could dislike such a message.”
Upon being asked his opinion about how to stop world conflict His Holiness said:
“Wherever I go in the world I call for true justice as the only way to develop and maintain world peace and harmony. True justice according to the Holy Quran requires that if you have to give testimony against yourself or our loved ones you should do so.”
Regarding Syria, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that peace could only develop if both the government and rebel forces behaved in a civilised and fair manner. He said it was essential that both parties urgently understood their responsibilities otherwise it was quite possible that the Syrian conflict could spread further afield.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad was asked to give his advice to all people, whether Muslim or non-Muslim. His Holiness responded:
“Remember, we are all human beings and so first and foremost we should discharge our responsibilities and duties to one another. We are all the creation of God and God loves His creation – thus we should all care for each other in the way that God desires.”