Khalifa of Islam makes announcement during UK Convention-International Initiation Ceremony.
Posted on August 24th, 2015

by A. Abdul Aziz.

Press Secretary,

According to media rep[orts, on 22 August 2015, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad announced that over 567,000 have joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community during the past year.
His Holiness made the announcement during his afternoon address at the 49th Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the UK, held in Hampshire.
His Holiness also announced that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community had built over 400 new Mosques across the world during the past year.
His Holiness further announced that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was now established in 207 countries of the world.
His Holiness announced that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has now translated the Holy Quran into 74 languages.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad also gave a report of the activities and continued progress of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in all parts of the world.

Earlier in the day, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad addressed members of Lajna Imaillah (Ladies Auxiliary organisation) where he said that Islam had granted true freedoms and independence to women.

 This three-day Convention included a world-wide Initiation (Bai’at) Ceremony that is held every year at the time of Annual Convention in which large numbers of people from different countries gather at some places in their respective countries and then via satellite take an oath of allegiance at the hand of the Caliph of the Ahmadfiyya Muslim Community Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.  This historical ceremony was held on Sunday 23rd of August 2015 (last day of the Convention) at 5.30 P.M. local time. In Sri Lanka too, Ahmadi Muslims across the country assembling in their mosques situated at Colombo, Negombo, Pasyala and Polonnaruawa and taking part in this Initiation Ceremony via MTA (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya) – Community’s FREE satellite TV.   The convention concluded on the same day with the Concluding Address of His Holiness, Hadrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad followed by a silent prayer in thanks to God Almighty.
In an interview with BBC London, the leader of the Muslim Ahmadiyya community has called for the authorities in the UK to monitor what happens in mosques and madrassas or Islamic religious schools, to help counter radicalisation.

Ahmadiyya Muslims number many million across the world, and are a movement that started in India more than 100 years ago, the reports added.

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