In August 1945 the Second World War definitively ended with the USA’s bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Though there is no way to know exactly how many people died on those two fateful days, the death toll is upwards of 225,000.
The following decades would result in a heated arms race between the USA and USSR in which governments and scientists would compete to build the most destructive weapons as a show of power and capability of world domination. The world would again come to a standstill in 1962 with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Back then the possibility of a global nuclear war became so plausible that shelters were being rapidly sold to protect families from the prospect.
Despite having seen the devastating and irreversible impact of nuclear arms, the world’s nations continue to spend billions of dollars to develop the latest weaponry in order to boast their influence and power on the world stage.
Proponents of nuclear armament argue that with the threat of mutually assured destruction— that a nation will not launch their nuclear missiles because they know the enemy nation will launch theirs in retaliation—is a good enough deterrent from an actual nuclear war breaking out.
However, their existence is threatening enough; surely everything is built to be used. Nuclear arms are no different. According to the United Nations, there are 13,400 reportedly remaining in the world today and there have been over 2,000 nuclear tests conducted to date. The elimination of nuclear weapons has been on the United Nations’ agenda since it was established in 1946, though we are yet to see disarmament become a reality. In a resolution passed in 1961, a year before the Cuban Missile Crisis, the UN General Assembly declared that the use of nuclear weapons “would exceed even the scope of war and cause indiscriminate suffering and destruction to mankind and civilization and, as such, is contrary to the rules of international law and to the laws of humanity”.
The end of the Cold War in the 1990s hit pause on the threat of nuclear war; however, approximately 30 years later we are edging ever closer to the threat again, as tensions between the US, Iran, and China worsen.
Donald Trump did more than just raise a few eyebrows as he pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, a historic deal which sought to limit Iran’s nuclear potency. US and Iranian relations have been rocky since the 1950s but seemed to be improving when former US president Barack Obama and other national leaders signed the Iran Nuclear Deal. For a long time, western powers feared Iran was planning to construct nuclear weapons and, in order to stop this, harsh sanctions were placed on Iran. As a result, the Iranian economy was crippled. As an alternative solution, the Iran Nuclear Deal was signed, promising to lift sanctions in exchange for Iran promising to end its nuclear programme.
Calling the deal “defective”, President Trump then re-imposed sanctions, arguably setting us back to square one. In retaliation, Iran suspended its commitments under the 2015 international nuclear deal and threatened to resume production of enriched uranium—which is used to make reactor fuel and nuclear weapons.
In latest news, it was reported on 11 February 2021 that Iran is producing uranium metal—a vital resource for nuclear arms—in new violation of the nuclear deal. Though Iran has since claimed it is for research purposes only, and for consideration of using uranium as a power source, it has once again put Iran’s opponents on edge.
US President Joe Biden says Iran must return to full compliance of the Iran Nuclear Deal before he will lift the sanctions. Though it seems the two nations have locked horns and are caught in a deadlock as Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khomeinei, says the US must make the first move.
The effects of nuclear weapons are not only devastating in its immediacy. The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned that in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion it is near impossible to provide aid to survivors and of course, the genetic mutations that it can cause means that generations born after the attack will also be victim to the horrendous power the nuclear weapon holds.
The current political climate is indeed a very worrisome picture. It seems that by the day we are testing the limits of political boundaries to see how close we can push the parameters before engaging in a nuclear war. It is evident that the fate of billions of people rests in the hands of a few powerful leaders. His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad – Khalifatul-Masih Vaba has spared no effort in the aim for nuclear disarmament which he has explained is of the utmost priority if we are to avoid a Third World War. He warned the world in the 2019 Peace Symposium of the real threat of nuclear arms and stated, “We should utilise all of our energies and faculties to pursue peace by seeking to end every conflict amicably, through dialogue, and mutual compromise, and by fulfilling the rights of one another.”
With a pandemic which has plummeted world economies and raised suspicion in an already bitter arena of international relations, it is wise to remember the words of His Holinessaba, and understand that Mutually Assured Destruction is not a deterrent. The only deterrent to a nuclear war is complete and total nuclear disarmament.
Kicking Off the Year – Khadim Style
The National Ijtema Sports day for Northern Regions is currently underway in Bradford at Dixons Allerton Academy, and the Khuddam and Atfal present here are thoroughly enjoying all the activities and sessions that are taking place.
Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK is holding this sports day on the instructions of Huzooraba after sports at the National Ijtema 2022 were cancelled due to the demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a mark of respect. Huzooraba instructed the Majlis that the sports that were due to take place at the Ijtema should be organised as soon as possible for the benefit of all Khuddam and Atfal that missed out. Subsequently, it was decided for the Majlis to hold 2 sports days – one for the northern regions (taking place today) and another for the southern regions (date to be announced).
Registration started at 8am with Khuddam and Atfal arriving from all around the northern parts of the UK with breakfast served in the marquees set up onsite. The event started at 10am with an opening session chaired by the Nazime Ala Sahib Ijtema, Tariq Hayat Sahib. The plan for the day was announced by Mohtamim Sahib Sehate-Jismani, Abdur Rauf Lodhi Sahib.
Football and Cricket for Khuddam and Atfal took place in grass fields and netball courts. Tarbiyyat ‘Chit Chat Chai’ were held at the auditorium, alongside outdoor and indoor sports, on topics such as relationships, the key to paradise, and working hard or hardly working. The first talk covered a wide range of questions in relation to how Khuddam should approach the idea of getting married, how to decide on the type of spouse that they desire, the qualities they should look for and the attitude they adopt going into the process.
After Namaz-e-Zuhr and Ask a short Talqeen-e-Amal session took place which was on the topic of Namaz. This was followed by a continuation of sports. So far Khuddam and Atfal are finding this it to be a good opportunity to begin the year with an activity that binds the Majlis together in a spirit of brotherhood. The final session is due to take place after Maghrib Namaz, where winning teams will be given prizes by Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya. The Khuddam and Atfal attendance at the Sports Day is 780, Alhamdulillah.
Here is some of the feedback from the Khuddam on today’s event.
A Khadim form North West, Abdul Ghalib Sahib, said that “The event has been really good so far, I enjoyed coming together with Khuddam again after the sports were previously cancelled at the Ijtema due to the demise of the Queen”. Another khadim, Waheed Ahmad, said that “It was good that Majlis has found a window to hold such an important event of the Khuddam year”. Another khadim from Scotland said that “It is important for Ahmadi youth to come together, build a sense of togetherness and develop brotherhood.”
Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V Inaugurates Islamabad Convenience Store
On the 1st of April 2022, after Asr Namaz, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) inaugurated the MKA Tuck Shop in Islamabad. Huzoor (aba) opened the Homeopathic Dispensary adjacent to the Tuck Shop before gracing the Khuddam store. Huzoor (aba) unveiled a plaque and led everyone in silent prayer after which Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK, Abdul Quddus Arif, Mohtamim Sanat-o-Tijarat, Umar Hassan, and Motamid Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK, Nassar Bhatti, had the opportunity to show Huzoor (aba) the store and its wares.
Huzoor (aba) graced Khuddam with his precious time and distributed sweets to children who had gathered outside.
Immediately after Huzoor (aba) stepped outside the store, Huzoor (aba) was informed by Sadr Sahib about the Khuddam present with Huzoor (aba) speaking to a few as well. All those who had gathered were greatly moved by Huzoor’s presence.
This tuck shop will Insha’Allah serve as a small convenience store for the residents of Islamabad and visitors. The Homeopathy Dispensary has also opened alongside the MKA Tuck Shop.
Wars will Stop when the World Turns to the Promised Messiah Says Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V
In today’s Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) once again reminded Ahmadis around the world to pray for an end to the current crisis.
In today’s Friday Sermon, Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba once again reminded Ahmadis around the world to pray for an end to the current crisis. Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih V stated:
Pray that Allah the Almighty grants both sides of the conflict proper understanding and they stop this murder of humanity.
Huzooraba further commented that Muslims should learn from the unity that the West has displayed in condemning the war:
Muslims should learn from this war. The [West] has become united, yet Muslims, despite belonging to one creed, never unite. They had one country destroyed; Iraq was destroyed, Syria was destroyed, Yemen is being destroyed—they cause this destruction through outsiders and are doing it themselves too, instead of being united. At the very least the Muslims should learn, from the West, how to be united.
Huzoor reiterated his continuous message that there will only be peace in the world when the world accepts the Imam of the Age—the Promised Messiahas:
May Allah have mercy on these nations, the Muslim nations and on the Muslim Ummah. This can only happen however, when these people accept the Imam of the Age who has been sent for this very purpose.
May Allah grant them understanding, and where they [the Muslims] reform themselves may they also pray and use their means to stop the world from wars, rather than themselves become embroiled in them.
Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba has been warning of an impending world crisis for a long time and has travelled the world spreading the message of the Promised Messiahas.
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