Keynote address at Humanity First International Conference delivered by the Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Massih V.
The Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), and the Patron of Worldwide Humanity First, His Holiness, Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered the keynote address at the Humanity First International Conference held on 24 January 2015 in London, UK.
The 2 day conference, held in London, was attended by 130 delegates from 15 countries around the world, including 21 from the USA.
During the keynote address, Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said that serving humanity was a basic teaching of Islam and that the work of Humanity First was motivated by this very teaching. He said that the charity's very name outlined its mission and objective – to consider and value the needs of others above one's own needs.
Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued, "The very basis and purpose with which Humanity First was named – was that first of all humanity' and one's own pleasure and comfort is secondary. Thus, very person associated with Humanity First – whether they are part of its executive body or whether they are workers or volunteers – should understand this philosophy and this spirit."
Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued, "Serving humanity requires that a person does not rest until he has solved the problems of others and takes the weight of their burdens onto his own shoulders. It requires that a person's heart is consumed by a love for others, whereby he cares not for his own comfort – but rather he cares only for the comfort of others. It requires that a person is ever-ready to personally absorb all forms of distress for the sake of others and to consider the pain and of others as though it is his own pain. It requires that a person is ready to bear personal suffering or anxiety so that others can live in peace and contentment."
His Holiness Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, also gave guidance on how they should conduct themselves when assisting people across the world in disaster situations or in helping with poverty alleviation.
His words and presence was inspirational for all of the members of Humanity First that were present at the event.
The transcript of the address is available here
The video of the address is available here
Humanity First USA's men's team with His Holiness, Hadrat Khalifatul Masih V,
Standing - Left to Right:Hassan Ahmed, Shahid Malik, Shahzad Latif, Masroor Sajid, Muhammad Ahmad Chaudhry, Dr. Ahsan Khan
Sitting - Left to Right: Pervaiz Khan, Nazir Ayaz, Bashir Malik, Dr. Clayton Bell, Ahmad Yahya, Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaba (Khalifatul Masih V), Munum Naeem, Dr. Mahmood Qureshi, Sahibzada Waleed Ahmad, Dr. Naeem Lughmani, Dr. Fizan Abdullah
Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.