BRITAIN BIGGEST ANNUAL MUSLIM GATHERING CONCLUDES.
Posted on August 9th, 2022

By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary.

CONVENTION CALLS FOR JUSTICE AND WORKING FOR THE GREATER GOOD TO ATTAIN LASTING PEACE

 The 56th Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United Kingdom concluded on Sunday 7th August 2022 in which five speeches delivered by the World Head the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. 

The Convention began on Friday (5th August) with the traditional Friday Sermon and the opening session by raising of the black and white flag of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community alongside the Union Flag. In his inaugural address His Holiness said that the purpose everyone had convened at the Convention (Jalsa Salana) was to increase religious conditions, to improve our understanding of Allah, increase in taqwa (righteousness), expand and improve brotherhood, pay attention to the rights of Allah and mankind and to prepare ourselves to be able to spread Islam. These were the high goals for which the Convention (Jalsa Salana) was held and for which everyone gathered. The Khalifa emphasized to honour your bai‘at (oath of allegiance) through a spiritual and moral revolution. 

On Saturday (the second day of the event), the Caliph conducted proceedings from the ladies marquee where 11,000 Muslim women witnessed. Then it was announced the names of women who had achieved academic excellence in their respective fields of education in the year 2021-22 – the awards would be given at a later date. and His Holiness delivered a speech highlighting Exemplary women in Islamic history – True models for Ahmadi ladies.

His Holiness addressed on third session of the Convention on Saturday detailed God’s blessings on the Community since the Convention 2021 and detailed that:

By the grace of Allah, aside from Pakistan, in 355 new places Ahmadiyya Community (Jama’at) were established. The top three countries where the most jamaats had been established were Congo Kinshasa (40 new jamaats), Tanzania (36) and Sierra Leone (31).

In terms of the establishment of new mosques, which includes mosques that the Jamaat constructed as well as those that came into the possession of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community during the year, their number is 209; 147 were newly constructed, while 62 were acquired. The top three African countries with new Ahmadiyya mosques are Ghana, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Founder Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, peace be on him, once said that if the truth has not reached a certain area, then build a mosque and automatically the message of truth would reach that place, and this is proving to be true. 

During the year, 123 new mission houses were established, the highest figure being in Sierra Leone and Tanzania, then Benin, and then Ghana, followed by many other countries which His Holiness listed. 

In the last year, according to reports from 95 countries, a total of 6.7 million leaflets, pamphlets, folders, etc. were printed worldwide in 46 languages. Germany in the first place.

The Raqeem Press in Farnham, UK printed more than 229,000 books, magazines, leaflets, etc this year. The English translation of the Quran with the Khat-e-Manzoor” font has been made available through the Raqeem Press. This Quran was very popular at the London Book Fair and many non-Ahmadi Muslims appreciated it and remarked the price was remarkably low. The Ahmadiyya printing presses in the seven countries in Africa have printed over 500,000 books, magazines, leaflets, etc. Recently, a new modern press was established in The Gambia.

In 102 countries, more than 7.6 million leaflets were distributed with an approximate reach of 11.69 million people, among which Germany is first, then the UK and then Austria, followed by various other countries. 

There are 120 magazines and journals in 24 languages being published around the world. 

The Ahmadiyya Press & Media desk has contributed to many news pieces on various outlets. 

Alislam.org is also contributing towards publicising publications of the Community, especially audiobooks.

Ahmadiyya Khalifa also relayed the following blessings that Allah bestowed upon the Ahmadiyya Community:

More than 1200 translations of the Holy Quran were handed out to members of the public, worldwide, by the Community.

Ahmadiyya Khalifa’s Friday Sermon audios are now available in 20 languages.

The Arabic Desk prepared and printed 166 different leaflets. 

3,519 new children entered the Waqf-e-Nau scheme (The Waqf-e-Nau scheme was initiated on 3rd April 1987 by Fourth Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Community Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad. The literal meaning of Waqf is dedication and the purpose of the Waqf-e-Nau scheme is for the parents to dedicate their children for the propagation of Islam before their birth). There is currently a total of 78,000 waqifeen-e-nau out of which 45,832 are boys and 32,168 are girls.

MTA (Muslim TV Ahmadiyya International) has 8 channels that run 24 hours. MTA International is broadcast in 23 languages. 

There are 25 Ahmadiyya radio stations operating across the world including Voice of Islam Radio which was further expanded this year.

Local TV and radio stations, in 74 countries, gave time for Jamaat programmes to air – out of these, on TV alone, we were given 2519 hours of airtime. These programmes reached 34 million people. 

 It was announced that, this year the 14th winner of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize is Dr Tada Toshi Akaba, former mayor of the city of Hiroshima and known for being a strong advocate for global nuclear disarmament. The prize would be handed to him at the next Ahmadiyya Peace Symposium in United Kingdom. (The Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize is awarded annually in recognition of an individual’s or an organisation’s contribution for the advancement of the cause of peace. The prize was first launched in 2009.The Prize includes a monetary sum, which is normally set at 10,000 pounds sterling.).

About 25000 people attended this three day Convention (Jalsa Salana), which took place at Hadeeqatul Mahdi in Alton, Hampshire.

The entire event was broadcast live on MTA International and streamed online.

One of the highlights of the three-day Convention was the pledge of allegiance, known as Bai’at that took place on Sunday afternoon, where the participants pledged allegiance to Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad as the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph) of the Promised Messiah – Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him).

The participants formed a human chain leading to the Khalifa as they repeated the words of the pledge in unison.

Prior to the ceremony, His Holiness announced that 176836 people from 109 countries had joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community during the past year. He also announced that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was now established in 213 countries.

The three day event concluded with silent prayer led by His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.

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