Love for All, Hatred for None
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The Quran states:
I ask of you no reward for it, except that I am inviting you to God because of love of kinship.
- Quran 42:24
Perhaps with this and similar verses in mind, the third Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community first coined the phrase during a speech about a new mosque in Spain:
Erecting a mosque is a matter of great importance, and it is always built with the aim that Allah alone be worshiped there. The lesson that it imparts is that all human beings, in the eye of Allah, are one whether they may be rich or poor; whether they may be learned or illiterate; whether they may be residents of Pedroabad or come from a distance of 1,000 miles or more and may be residing in Pakistan; as human beings they are all equal. Islam teaches us to live with mutual love and affection and with humility. It teaches us no distinction between a Muslim or a non-Muslim. My message to everyone is that you must have ‘Love for all, Hatred for none!'
- Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad, foundation laying of Petrobad Mosque, Spain, 8 October 1980
The Caliphs of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have commented on the motto:
The point is you should not hate anybody because of racial differences, religious differences and for any general views...It does not mean that you must love Satan as well or evil personified. What it means is that initially this is our message to everybody, to the whole of mankind this is our message. We are here to love you, not to hate.
- Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Question & Answer Session 24 June 1991
If we are trying to protect the oppressed, this is the love for him. If we are trying to stop oppression by the cruel person, that is love for him.
- Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Question & Answer Session 23 March 2013
Jesus is reported to have taught similar mottos, according to the Bible:
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
- Bible, Matthew 22:39
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
- Bible, John 13:34-35