On October 17, 2016, the Caliph, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad was received by Prime Minister Trudeau at the Prime Ministers Office in Parliament Hill.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Trudeau expressed his pleasure at welcoming His Holiness to Canada. The Prime Minister thanked His Holiness for his continued efforts to promote peace worldwide and stated that his Government greatly appreciated the efforts of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada and considered it to be an integral part of the nation.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad thanked the Prime Minister for his words and said that he wished to personally congratulate the Prime Minister on his election last year.
His Holiness also said that he had listened to the Question Period in the House of Commons earlier in the day and noted that a number of the burning issues of today had been discussed and debated.
Later, Prime Minister Trudeau said:
Your Holiness, your friendship and leadership is very important to Canada and we appreciate the way the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns all forms of extremism.
Thereafter, His Holiness attended a meeting with the Prime Minister and six cabinet ministers. In the meeting, the Prime Minister again appreciated the efforts of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad to spread peace in the world. The Prime Minister also congratulated the Ahmadiyya Jama`at Canada on its 50th anniversary.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad recalled his previous meeting with the Prime Minister in 2012, which took place at the National Headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada in Vaughan, Ontario. At the time, Mr. Trudeau was not the leader of the Liberal Party.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
When I first met you in 2012 I prayed for you and said that I believed that one day you will be Prime Minister.
Further discussions then took place about the need for interfaith dialogue amongst different communities, and the importance of religious freedom and education for all people.
Regarding religious freedom, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
All people should be granted true religious freedom and all people should have the right to peacefully practice their faiths and beliefs. Governments should not seek to interfere or legislate against peacefully held religious beliefs.
His Holiness expressed his concerns about the continued rise of extremism and terrorism in different parts of the world and the associated risks in the Western world. He said that he considered the 2008 global financial crash to be a major cause of the terrorism witnessed in the world today.
His Holiness said high unemployment and a state of financial desperation and hopelessness has led certain Muslim youths to become vulnerable to extremism. Thus, he said that providing job opportunities and helping people stand up on their own feet is a means of ensuring national security.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, in reiterating that all forms of terrorism and extremism were against the teachings of Islam, said:
If all Muslims followed the true teachings of their religion then no Muslim would ever be radicalized because the Founder of Islam, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), said that to love ones nation was a part of Islamic faith. Thus, it is the duty of every Muslim to love his nation, to strive for its betterment and to serve it faithfully. That is why Ahmadi Muslims do not get radicalized because we follow the true teachings of Islam.
On October 17, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a one-on-one meeting with the Caliph, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. During the meeting, His Holiness and Prime Minister Trudeau discussed common concerns about global unrest and Canadas role on the world stage.
Following his meeting with the Prime Minister, the Caliph met select government officials including Ministers Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Hon. John McCallum, Hon. Navdeep Bains, Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Hon. Mélanie Joly, Hon. Carla Qualtrough and Member of Parliament Hon. Judy Sgro.
The Caliph’s Parliament Hill visit also included meetings with Senate leadership, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Hon. Ralph Goodale, the Chief Government Whip, Hon. Andrew Leslie, and several other officials. The Caliph also led a congregational prayer at Parliament Hill.
During his six-week tour of Canada, His Holiness will share the true, peaceful teachings of Islam with Canadians.
About the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at:
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans over 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace.