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12th January 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Second Convocation Ceremony of Jamia Ahmadiyya UK Takes Place

20 Graduates receive their degrees from Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that on 11 January 2014, the second Convocation Ceremony of Jamia Ahmadiyya UK took place at the College premises in Haslemere in Surrey.

The ceremony was presided over by the World Head and Fifth Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.

During the event, 20 graduates were presented with their ‘Shahid Degree’ certificates by the Khalifa and were thus enrolled as official Missionaries of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Following the degree presentations, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered a faith inspiring address in which he reminded the graduates of their vast responsibilities as ambassadors of the Khalifa of the Promised Messiah.

The Khalifa said that qualifying as a Missionary did not mean their education had come to an end but rather had just begun.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Never think that because you have qualified from Jamia that you have learned all that you need to. Rather you have only learned the methods of study and some basic things. Now you must constantly self-assess and increase your knowledge in the subjects you have studied and also those that you have not.”

His Holiness said it was imperative that the new Missionaries did not limit themselves only to religious study but should also learn about current affairs so that they could better understand the needs of today’s society.

The Khalifa went on to explain that the Holy Quran spoke of two types of religious clerics. On the one hand there were clerics who feared God, who bowed before Him and who sought to serve humanity, whilst on the other hand there were corrupt clerics who did not bring people closer to God but rather proved to be an obstacle in His path.

His Holiness said that with the Grace of Allah, Ahmadi Missionaries fell into the former category and thus he advised the graduates to become ever more humble and to always practice what they preached.

His Holiness said that Ahmadi Missionaries were representatives of the Khalifa and so should learn and adopt all that the Khalifa taught.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The pulses of Ahmadi Missionaries should correspond exactly to the heartbeat of the Khalifa at all times.”

The graduates will now travel to Spain where they will seek to promote the true and peaceful teachings of Islam across the country over the course of the next month.

Discussing this forthcoming trip, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Your class is going to Spain on my instruction to propagate true Islam throughout the country. God willing, it will prove to be a means of laying a strong foundation for true and peaceful Islam to be re-established in Spain.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad concluded by praying:

“As you enter your working lives as Missionaries may you prove to be extremely successful in all respects and may you become true helpers of the Khalifa of the Time.”

After visiting Spain, the graduates will travel to Pakistan for further training before being appointed to their respective roles.

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