As part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK's centenary celebrations an historic conference was held to promote respect and to restore the rightful contribution religion has to offer the 21st Century.
International faith leaders addressed a specially invited audience of 500 delegates from the world of faith, politics, government and the diplomatic corps, as well as a range of specialist NGOs involved in the work of peace and reconciliation.
The keynote speaker was His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (may Allah strengthen his hands), the worldwide leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. In accordance with the teachings of Islam he upheld the honour of all prophets of God and highlighted the role of religion in the promotion of peace.
Special messages were delivered on behalf of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; The Prime Minister of Great Britain, Mr David Cameron; the president of Ghana, Mr John Dramani Mahama; and former president of Ghana Mr John Kufuor.
Several dignitaries addressed the event including Archbishop Kevin McDonald of the Catholic Church; Rabbi Professor Daniel Sperber, representative of the Chief Rabbi of Israel; and Sheikh Muafaq Tarif, leader of the Druze of Israel. The chairman of the Hindu Council UK, Mr Umesh Sharma; the vice chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, Dr Katrina Swett; Attorney General for England and Wales, Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP; Senior Minister of State, Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, as well as several distinguished leaders also addressed the gathering.