The leader of the 'Ahmadiyya Muslim Community' has warned that a world war is inevitable if world powers fail to resolve the global economic crisis.
Speaking at a conference held at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden (south London) this weekend attended by over 900 including Parliamentarians, faith representatives, civic leaders and professionals, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V, drew parallels between the Great Depression of 1929 leading to the Second World War, and the present-day recession where bank bailouts and bonuses have been exacerbated by wealth being channeled into the hands of the few.
This, he said, could only propel mankind into deeper distrust, desperation and ultimately danger.
He also criticised the United Nations for falling short of its responsibilities and the absence of absolute justice and fair dealing between member states.
The Caliph, who heads the international Ahmadiyya Community, said: “The UN was formed for the establishment of peace but its attempts to do so in any country where disorder exists, have never achieved the level of success that such a large institution ought to.
“The UN is failing due to the influence of superpowers and because of this the circle of unrest is escalating. We cannot simply close our eyes to this. The cause of the Second World War was such unrest and mini wars.”
He expressed a desire that the world learns from its past mistakes and thus avoids another major catastrophe: “Governments, providers of capital and the UN should understand their responsibilities. These are to fulfil the requirements of justice and to give due regard to the rights of each other.
"They should think, deliberate and find a solution based on justice. They should selflessly endeavor to establish peace. And most importantly they should fulfil the rights owed to their Creator and avoid His displeasure.”