Imam Syed Wadood Janud bids farewell to Queensland

OUTGOING Imam of the Baitul Masroor Mosque has called on Ahmadiyya Muslims to preach and practice their philosophy of love for all, hatred for none.

FAREWELL: Imam Syed Wadood Janud with Ehsaan Malik, Ibrahim Khan and Abdullah Khan during Eid Al-Adha celebrations on Monday, August 12. Photo: Jacob Wilson

FAREWELL: Imam Syed Wadood Janud with Ehsaan Malik, Ibrahim Khan and Abdullah Khan during Eid Al-Adha celebrations on Monday, August 12. Photo: Jacob Wilson

Syed Wadood Janud will step down as the Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Queensland and Northern Territory this week.

He is moving to Melbourne to take up a new role as Imam of Victoria and Tasmania at the Baitul Salam Mosque in Melbourne.

Imam Janud said it was the connections formed within the mosque, interfaith circles and broader community which he would miss most.

"Places change and houses change but it is the people you get connected to that you truly miss," he said.

"This has been my first time living in Queensland and it has been an amazing experience.

"The good old saying beautiful one day and perfect the next, now I understand what it means."

His departure comes days after Muslims celebrated Eid Al-Adha, a major event in the Islamic calendar with a focus on the virtue of sacrifice.

Imam Janud said he was proud of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community's achievements.

"For the first time we organised a Remembrance Day memorial at the mosque for the 100 year centenary," he said.

"We do a lot of work in the community which includes Clean Up Australia Days and raising money for the Salvation Army.

"If there is anything I would like the community to remember it is our motto - love for all hatred for none.

"We not only preach this but practice through our actions and commitments."

Ahamdiyya Imam of Canberra, Atae Rabbi Hadi, will replace Mr Janud as Imam for Queensland and the Northern Territory.

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