A.S. Santoe receives
royal honour from the state of Netherlands
We are pleased to announce that on 30th April 2004, the eve of
Holland’s traditional Queen’s Day, our dear brother Mr. August Abdul
Samad Santoe, the representative in Europe for the Central Ahmadiyya
Anjuman Lahore, was awarded the special Royal Medal of the order
of Knighthood (Ridderorde) of “the House of Oranje Nassau”. The
Queen’s Mayor of Rotterdam, Mr. Ivo van Opstelten, personally decorated
brother Santoe with the prestigious Medal on behalf of Her Majesty
During a majestic assembly in the “Hall of Knights” within the
City Hall Building of Rotterdam his citation was solemnly announced.
Besides his official duties in the government services of Surinam
and the Netherlands for more that 45 years, special mention was
made of his lifelong voluntary dedication for communal work. His
never ceasing efforts for the integration of the Ahmadiyya community
into the Dutch society and his services for Ahmadiyyat in its widest
sense were particularly mentioned. On the occasion the Mayor praised
Mr. Santoe's favorite maxim or motto: “Ignorance is the fiercest
enemy of man”.
Congratulations to brother Santoe and his family from Hazrat Ameer,
the Central Anjuman and the worldwide Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement.
||Mr Santoe, receiving
the honour, is on the right.