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Karim, a young man from Pakistan is waiting for me at the door of the ‘Fazle-Omar-Mosque’ in Hamburg, Germany. It is the oldest mosque in the city, opened in 1957. He shows me around and explains to me the history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, an Islamic reform movement founded in Punjab, India, in the late 19th century.
The founder of the Ahmadiyyas claimed to be a prophet commissioned by God, sent to reform Islam. His claim was very controversial and soon his followers in South Asia were persecuted. For this reason, many fled to the West and some came to Hamburg.
Karim explains that the current spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyyas delivers a Friday speech to the whole community by satellite. The motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is: “Love for all. Hate for none” and they demonstrate this actively in Hamburg society. Every New Year’s Day they clean up the rubbish left from fireworks in the inner city. Blood donation events and tree planting ceremonies are all part of their effort to bless the host nation where they live.
There are no known followers of Jesus in Germany who come from the Ahmadiyya Movement and not much interaction with followers of Jesus. Let’s pray this changes soon!
How to Pray
- Pray for the Ahmadiyyas in Hamburg to build strong relationships with Christians who will boldly and clearly share the Good News with them. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
- There are about 40,000 Ahmadiyyas living in many cities across Germany. Pray for them and for Muslims from other traditions living in Hamburg. (John 3:16)
- Pray for believers in Hamburg to have insight into who the Muslims in their city are, that they may pray with insighreach out. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
May 8th – Night of Power
This night is Laylat-al-Qadr, the Night of Power. On this night Muslims believe there is a special opportunity for God to hear their prayers, forgive their sins and plan their destiny. It is said that prayers and worship on this night are worth more than all the prayers and worship of a lifetime. Pray for Muslims all over the world to experience the presence of Jesus on this night.
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