Source: Qasim Oyekola, Nigeria
JALSA SALANA NIGERIA
CELEBRATION OF HAYYAT-E-TAYYIBA OF
HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMADSAW
Between 21st and 23rd December 2012, Al’humdulillah, a count of thirty-three thousand, four hundred and eighty participants converged on Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government in Ogun State, South-West Nigeria to attend the 61st Jalsa Salana of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Nigeria.
The Jalsa Salana whose theme was: UPHOLDING THE HONOUR OF HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMADSAW MERCY FOR MANKIND witnessed speeches that were carefully facilitated by erudite scholars of the Jama’at. The topics of the speeches included:
- Holy Prophetsaw, Mercy for Non-Believers;
- Love of the Promised Messiahas for the Holy Prophetsaw
- Islam and Sustainable Development;
- Holy Prophet’ssaw’ Love For All Humanity;
- Holy Prophetsaw, True Liberator of Women.
The Jalsa arena and its environs were adorned with different captions on banners that depict the theme of the Jalsa Salana. The reason behind celebrating the Holy Prophetsaw through the Jalsa was the instructions of Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih Vatba that all Ahmadis should use all possible means and media to inform the world about the impeccable life of the Best and Most Pious human being that ever lived, Muhammad Rasulullah saw.
The 33,480 attendees of the Jalsa Salana included members from the neighbouring countries like Tchad Republic, Cameroon Republic and Republic Du Benin.
Top Government Officials, Traditional Rulers And Christian Leaders Attended 61st Jalsa Salana Of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Nigeria
The regular principle of LOVE FOR ALL HATRED FOR NONE which is the epitome of the teachings of the Holy Founder of Ahmadiyya, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas was yet in motion as Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Nigeria extended hands of love to non-Members through courtesy visits paid by the leaders of the Jama’at to some government officials and Traditional rulers to keep them abreast of the Jalsa Salana that was to hold between 21st and 23rd December 2012.
To reciprocate the hands of love, some top government officials, Traditional rulers and Christian leaders were at Jamia Ahmadiyya home of the annual national convention to felicitate with the Jama’at. Among the government officials that attended the annual convention were the Governor of Ogun State, Senator ibikunle Amosun who was represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Alhaji Salis Shuaib; the Speaker of Ogun State House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Prince Surajuddeen Ishola; the Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategies, Alhaji Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu.
The traditional rulers who graced the occasion included the Paramount Ruler of Yewa Land in Ogun State, His Royal Majesty Olu of IIaro Oba Kehinde Olugbenle Gbadewole; Onigan of Igan-Okoto Land, Oba Mukaila Salako; Onijale of Ijale-Ketu, Oba Bashiru Bisiriu and Obaladi of Afon Land, Oba Busari Adetona, Orimadegun 111 while the Christian Communities were represented by the Leader in Charge of Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church (AYO NI O) Surulere District, IIaro, Prophet (Dr.) G. A. Dada.
Pictures of some of the banners on the Holy Prophetsaw follow: