Zac Goldsmith, Member of Parliament for Richmond Park and North Kingston, used a speech in the House of Commons to call for an end to the persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims in the UK and across the world.
Ahmadiyya Muslims (or Ahmadis) are a minority group in Islam, originally from the Punjab region but today spread throughout the world, including in South West London. They have faced terrible persecution, ranging from threats and intimidation, to legal prohibitions on worship, and even murder – simply for expressing their faith.
Speaking in support of a cross-party motion in the House of Commons that condemned this persecution, Zac highlighted the contribution of the Ahmadiyya community to life in Britain, praising in particular their work with the Poppy Appeal. He spoke of the honour of being invited to address the 2017 Jalsa Salana—the annual convention of the Ahmadis—which saw around 35,000 Ahmadis from across the world come to the UK. He ended his speech with a plea to the Government to the whole country to be much stronger in its condemnation of anti-Ahmadi prejudice and persecution.
You can watch Zac’s full speech in the debate here [14:05:14] – https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/02909c9f-af48-4358-b139-b5d601589663 – and read it here – https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-05-24/debates/B2B8FC6E-7F7F-4BFC-8C7A-107F94D1B9FB/AhmadiyyaMuslimCommunity#contribution-545F928E-79B8-4009-8BC2-F05218670205