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30th March 2013
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Muslim Leader Inaugurates Second Mosque of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Spain

Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad opens Baitur Rahman Mosque in Valencia

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The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat and Fifth Khalifa, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, yesterday inaugurated the Baitur Rahman Mosque in Valencia. It is the second Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque to be built in Spain, following on from the historical Basharat Mosque in Pedro Abad which was opened in 1982.

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Baitur Rahman was inaugurated as the Khalifa of the Promised Messiah led the Friday Prayers from the Mosque. The event was broadcast live globally on MTA International.

During his hour-long address, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad spoke about the significance of the new Mosque and of its location. He said he had purposely chosen Valencia, because centuries ago, when Spanish rulers set out to remove all traces of Islam from the country, the local Muslims continued to practice their faith until they were forcibly banished.

Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad also talked about demographic changes occurring in the Spanish population. He said that the Muslim population had greatly increased in the past 30 years and was set to increase further in the coming decades. Therefore it was the responsibility of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Spain to propagate the true and peaceful message of Islam to the Spanish people.

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Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Islam’s re-entry into Spain was made through the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat when it built the Basharat Mosque. However today, we will only come to see the real Islam flourish in this country when the servants of the Promised Messiah, realising their significance, strive to spread the beautiful and pure teachings of Islam to every single person in Spain.”

Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that underpinning all efforts made by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat to spread Islam was the Qur’anic injunction that “There should be no compulsion in religion”. In light of this teaching, Ahmadi Muslims would seek to win the hearts of the Spanish people with love, compassion and kindness.

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Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The Spanish people are the fellow citizens of the Ahmadi Muslims who live here and to fellow countrymen we must spread the message of love and peace. We must seek to win the hearts of the Spanish people by displaying the beautiful and pure teachings of Islam.”

Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad concluded by praying:

“May this Mosque prove to be a means of presenting the true and beautiful image of Islam to the Spanish people and may all Ahmadi Muslims who live here fulfil their responsibilities in this regard.”

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To further mark the occasion, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, also unveiled a plaque to commemorate the inauguration of the Mosque.

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