In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful
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Jalsa Salana (Urdu: جلسہ سالانہ; English: Annual Convention) is a formal gathering of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community initiated by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of the community who also claimed to be the Promised Messiah and Mahdi of the latter days. Usually, the gathering spans over three days, commencing on Fridays when the Friday Sermon ends and the Flag Hoisting ceremony begins. The event takes place in many of the countries where the Community is established.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, under the leadership of its holy founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, held its first convention on December 27, 1891 in Qadian, India. Approximately 75 people attended the event. For over a century since then, the community has held its Annual Convention, or Jalsa Salana, in numerous countries around the world. Tens of thousands of community members gather at these conventions at various times throughout the year. The principle aims of the Annual Convention are to facilitate greater spiritual awareness among community members, strengthen community ties and promote peace.
The event begins on Friday with a solemn flag-hoisting ceremony. The national President hoists the flag of the country whereas the Khalifatul masih, if present, hoists the flag of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. After the ceremony, members of Khuddam-ul Ahmadiyya will stand in front of the two flagpoles in order to symbolise the honour and defence of the nation and faith. This continues until the Jalsa ends, although such activity is not carried out throughout the night.
This is immediately followed by an address of the Khalifatul Masih. The program continues until Sunday evening with several speeches on spiritual and moral concepts, by the Khalifatul Masih, but also from the National president, Imams and other Islamic Scholars. Often the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community invites several distinguished non-Ahmadi guests to give a short speeches. The television station of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, MTA records most of the speeches and broadcasts them live, usually only if the Khalifatul-Masih present.
The most important part of this event is the performance of five daily prayers in congregation. The ceremony of the International Bay’ah is typically only held in the international Jalsa Salana.
Since all the speeches will be simultaneously translated into several languages, most visitors including those who are foreign can easily listen and understand them easily. Outside the normal sessions, many other facilities are available, including exhibitions, libraries, bookshops, medical counselling inc. homeopathy and other shops.
The funding for the Jalsa Salana comes from the voluntary donations of Ahmadis. Everyone, including Ahmadis and the guests that they bring with them, are, according with the Islamic tradition, hosted free of charge. Meals are also provided free of charge.
Ahmad emphasised the vital importance of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Annual Convention: “You must not rank this convention in the same league as other ordinary human assemblies.” The Annual Convention of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK attracts thousands of members and hundreds of community leaders and media representatives from across the country. The weekend event includes religious discourses, inter-faith sessions, and special community initiatives.
|Year||Jalsa Dates||Hospitality Period|
|2013||30th, 31st August & 1st September||23rd August – 7th September|
The annual Jalsa Salana site in Hampshire, UK becomes a city for 3 days catering for more than 30,000 people from around the world. Each year, approximately 30,000 people descend on Hampshire for this three-day event, with guests coming from around the world provided with a two week hospitality period arranged by the UK Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Now in its 47th year, this event first took place in the UK in 1966, since when it has grown each year with the increasing number of visitors attending. This year, this event will take place from Friday 30th August until Sunday 1st September with live proceedings shown daily on MTA International.
The Purpose and Blessings of Jalsa Salana
In the blessed words of the Promised Messiah (pbuh)
AIM OF THE GATHERING
“The major aim of the gathering is that the sincere members of the Jama’at should be able to derive religious benefits and at the same time they should acquire more knowledge and advance in their God realisation. One advantage is that meeting their friends will broaden their circle of brotherhood and it will strengthen the mutual ties.”
Not an Ordinary Gathering
“It is essential that all those who are able to afford to travel should attend the Jalsa which is in so many ways a source of blessings. They should not mind minor losses in this way. God gives ample reward to sincere believers at every step and no hardship or trouble goes to waste (it is definitely rewarded by God). I should like to repeat that this Jalsa must not be treated like other ordinary gatherings. This is an affair that has been based on the succour of God.”
(Ishtihar 7 Dec 1891)
“I pray to God that He may be with all those who are coming to attend the Jalsa and that He may grant them great rewards and He may show mercy and His grace. O God ! O You Who are the Greatest Granter, the Benevolent and Merciful, and the Remover of hardships, do listen to all these prayers of mine and grant us victory over our opponents, with great
glaring signs, for, You have the power to do whatever You like. Ameen ! “
(Ishtihar 7 Dec 1891).