The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that on 7 February 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurated the new ‘Voice of Islam’ Radio station. The station, which will offer news, discussion and insight on Islamic perspectives regarding current affairs and will explain the true and peaceful teachings of Islam, will broadcast daily from its premises located at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in South West London.
The radio station was personally launched by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad after he had unveiled a plaque to commemorate the event and led a silent prayer in thanks to Allah the Almighty. In his special inaugural message broadcast live on the ‘Voice of Islam’, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad highlighted the objectives of the new 24-hour radio channel.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“The purpose of the Voice of Islam is to inform people of the true teachings of Islam and to make it abundantly clear that Islam’s teachings perfectly conform and relate to the needs of every era and every person. God Willing, the listeners of this radio station will come to recognise that Islam’s teachings are of peace, love and compassion for all of mankind.”
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that the ‘Voice of Islam’ will broadcast “a message of humanity” in accordance with the teachings of Islam.In this regard, His Holiness quoted the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (peace be upon him), who said:
“Always remember that I consider the sphere of love and compassion to be extremely vast and so do not isolate any individual or nation. Unlike the ignorant people of today, I do not say that you should limit your love to Muslims alone. Certainly not! Rather I say that you must show love and compassion to all of God’s Creation, no matter who it is – whether he or she is a Hindu, a Muslim or anyone else. I never like it when people try to limit their sympathy and love to only their own people. And so I admonish you again and again to never limit the scope of your compassion.”
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad further quoted the Promised Messiah (peace be on him) regarding Islam’s emphasis on serving humanity.
The Promised Messiah (peace be upon him) said:
“Certainly you can never acquire true righteousness until you spend out of that wealth which you cherish and value for the sake and welfare of humanity. You must fulfil the rights of the poor and the deprived and you must love and help those who are vulnerable and stay away from all forms of wrong and waste.” The Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said the new radio station will prove that Muslims can successfully integrate into the West, whilst maintaining their religious beliefs and identity.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“The Voice of Islam will manifest the fact that Islam is a religion that teaches Muslims in all countries, in all eras, to join together with the different groups in their societies in an effort to unite mankind in peace and to help their nations prosper and flourish. Certainly, Islam is that religion which, on the basis of its religious teachings and traditions, calls on Muslims to integrate in the very best possible way into their local societies.”
Concluding his address, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad prayed:
“May Allah bless the Voice of Islam radio station in every respect and enable it to fulfil its objectives to spread the true and peaceful teachings of Islam.”
The radio station will host dynamic daily talk shows, documentaries, debates and current affairs programmes that will inform and give listeners a chance to express their views on a range of religious and secular topics.
The ‘Voice of Islam’ can be listened to at www.voiceofislam.co.uk or on DAB Radio. @AhmadiyyatIslam