The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is now spread across 204 countries of the world with Costa Rica and Montenegro as new entrants on the list of international branches.
The progress and improvements of the past year were presented by the Khalifa of Islam and the worldwide spiritual head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.
During a faith inspiring address at the 47th Jalsa Salana UK, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad announced that more than 540,000 people had joined the Community during the past year. His Holiness announced the figure whilst giving a detailed report of the global activities of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad also informed that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat had now been established in 204 countries of the world. During the past year the Jamaat had spread to two new countries – Costa Rica and Montenegro.
It was further announced that during the past year the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat had built or acquired 394 new Mosques. These included new Mosques in Canada, Germany and Spain which had been personally inaugurated by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat had also acquired 121 new Mission Houses or Centres.
As a means to serve Islam, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat had now translated the Holy Quran into 71 different languages, whilst numerous other books had been published or translated in an effort to further the cause of true and peaceful Islam.
As a means to serve humanity, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat had further increased the scope of its charitable projects in various parts of the world. In particular, His Holiness mentioned the ‘Water for Life’ project through which clean, running water was being provided to thousands of deprived people in remote parts of Africa. His Holiness said that such projects were of the utmost importance as they were a means of alleviating the suffering of those most in need.
Earlier in the day, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad directly addressed members of Lajna Imaillah (Ladies Auxiliary Organisation). His Holiness said that people from all walks of life, of all religions and from all parts of the world had come to accept the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian. In this way the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat was uniting mankind in peace and harmony.
His Holiness counselled that justice and equality at all levels were of the utmost importance. He said peace in society began with peace within the domestic environment.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“It is my observation that the fundamental causes for marriage breakdowns are egotism and selfishness. The truth is that if a husband and his wife treat each other with fairness and equality then there will never be any disputes. Certainly, the peace and beauty of any society is dependent upon justice and honesty at all levels.”
The convention proceedings were broadcasted live from Hadeeqatul Mahdi (Alton, UK) via the worldwide Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International (MTA) and available in many languages.
The coverage of Jalsa Salana can be found on MTA.TV