Jamā‘at Aḥmadīyya Canada has always had a cordial relationship with the Indian High Commission Office in Canada. There is almost no need to mention the community’s love of, and ties to, the great city of Qādiān, the birth place of the beloved Imām and Promised Messiahas, from where the world came to know of Islām Aḥmadīyyat. As Qādiān holds a special place in the hearts of Aḥmadīs, the Jamā‘at’s relationship with the High Commission of India is of great importance.
On February 5, 2016, at Aiwān Ṭāhir, Maple, the community thanked Mr. Akhilesh Mishra, the former Consul General of India in Toronto, for his services and bid him farewell. The Jamā‘at also had the pleasure of welcoming Mr. Vishnu Prakash, High Commissioner of India to Canada, as well as Mr. Parag Jain, Counsellor (Coordination & Community Affairs) and Mr. Rajesh Kumar Raina, Consul (Head of Chancery Consular, Passport & Visa Matters).
Respected Amīr Ṣāḥib along with members of the National Āmila and Public Relations Committee, received the honoured guests. The Indian High Commission members were given a tour of Aiwān Ṭāhir, Jamā‘at offices, the bookstore, the library, Jāmi’a Aḥmadīyya Canada, Baitul Islām Mosque and other facilities. Later, a formal gathering was held in the multi-purpose hall where dinner was also served. In his welcoming note, Mr. Asif Khan, National Secretary Umūr Khārijiyya expressed gratitude to the Indian High Commission delegates for their visit to the Jamā‘at Headquarters, saying “We value this special relationship.”
Mr. Lal Khan Malik’s Address
Respected Amīr Ṣāḥibextended his profound regards for the guests. He said that the Islāmic message of global recognition for love and peace started from Qādiān and the global Islāmic reform that the world seeks and needs is present in guidance provided by His Holiness Hazrat Mirzā Masroor Aḥmadaa, our current Khalīfa. He wished to continue the cordial relationship and nurture it in the years to come, extending an invitation to the Indian High Commission for the upcoming Jalsa Sālāna Canada.
Mr. Vishnu Prakash’s Address
The High Commissioner started off by thanking the community for inviting him. He then reaffirmed his admiration for the Aḥmadīyya Muslim Jamā‘at’s complete commitment to the motto of “Love for All, Hatred for None”. He also stressed on the need for the whole world to adopt this valuable approach that the Aḥmadīyya Community preaches and practices. The High Commissioner promised the attendees of his and his staff’s complete cooperation and assistance of Aḥmadīs if needed in any matter relating to the Indian High Commission. He concluded his address by inviting questions from the audience.
The event ended with members of the National ‘Āmila Canada and Mr. Asif Khan’s team introducing themselves to His Excellency Mr. Vishnu Prakash, the new High Commissioner of India to Canada.