Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2018. 9:28 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner is currently representing the city in London at the Jalsa Salana UK 2018, which is an annual reunion of Ahmadiyyah Muslims.
In his address Mayor Wagner thanked the Muslim community for their commitment to the development of sports in Belize.
“I bring distinct well wishes particularly from the many young kids from the inner and urban neighborhoods of Belize City that have benefited tremendously through the progressive basketball sporting program,” he told the gathering.
According to Wagner, there can be no change in any nation without a positive change from its youth.
He added, “Since its inception in July 2014, the Ahmadiyyah muslim community has played an active role in the lives of many Belize City youth. Particularly, those that live on the margins.”
Wagner told the gathering that the community’s message of peace and love for humanity provides hope to the Belize City Youth.
“Hope that where war exists, there will be peace. Hope that where hatred exists, there will be love. Hope that where prejudice exists, tolerance, and where indifference, a greater purpose,” he said.
Mayor Wagner, like his predecessors, congratulated the community for its work which “speaks for itself.”
He explained, “The hospitals and the houses you have built have made a difference. The electricity, water and food you have provided for the needy have made a difference. Your assistance in times of natural disaster to many countries have made a difference. And your commitment in alleviating the suffering of every race and religion will continue to make a difference.”
In closing his address, Wagner condemned all forms of oppression and persecution against the community while congratulating it for its non-violent approach.
“Belize City Pledges to continue working closely with the Ahmadiyyah community to advance your message of peace and of service to humanity,” said Mayor Wagner.
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