For mainstream Islamists the end of World War One marked the end of the Ottoman Empire and the destruction of the last Islamic Caliphate (which was finally nailed around 1924). It's not generally seen as a cause for Islamic commemoration - so it's fantastic to see our Ahmadiyya friends making this gesture.
Pakistan requires its citizens to formally denounce Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslims) as an "imposter". Pakistanis have to do that formally before they can be issued with a passport or national ID card. Ahmad is seen as not a true Muslim by many mainstream followers of Islam and he and his followers are widely denounced as apostates. This is a gutsy move by the Ahmadiyya - it will put them directly at odds with Hizb ut-Tahrir and I'm sure there'll be plenty of police and security service people taking an interest in the event.
So thank you to the Ahmadiyya community for making this gesture about a very significant time in Australia's history.
Perhaps if I can make a suggestion - Australians don't march in commemoration of the guns falling silent, we pause.
Lest We Forget.
Here's their media release:
07 Nov 2018 2:24 AM AEST - Muslims march at Martin Place to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of WWI Armistice
Coverage and interview group of Muslims marching at Martin Place (Sydney) holding large Remembrance Day banner displaying “Lest we forget”.
Date: Thursday 8th November 2018
A group of Ahmadi Muslims will march to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of WWI Armistice at Martin Place, Sydney on Thursday 8th November at 5pm. This is to pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will also be hosting special Remembrance Day Programs across all their mosques on the 11th November 2018. Members of the community are also busy helping the Returned and Services League (RSL) with their poppy appeals to raise funds to support veterans and their families.
The National President and Grand Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia, Mr I. H. Kauser said:
“Every year, Remembrance Day reminds us all of our responsibilities to work together for peace in society. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community across Australia will bring religious, secular and political leaders together, and invites all members of the community in commemoration of the comradeship, patriotism and loyalty of our servicemen and women. Let’s come together for the start of a new era. As the sun of a new era dawns upon us, let us renew our hope for peace all over the world. A world filled with peace, love, hope, prosperity and care.”
In Sydney, the event will be held at Australia’s largest Mosque, Baitul Huda (House of Guidance) from 5:30pm to 8pm. More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend the event including parliamentarians, diplomats, academics, religious and secular leaders.