Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Sri Lanka

Source: Lankaweb

By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Sri Lanka.

 The Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Sri Lanka Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at was held on last Sunday the 12th May 2013 at Ahmadiyya Jubilee Hall, Periyamulla,  Negombo. The Markaz Representative Mr. Khalid Mahmoodul Hassan Bhatti was the Chief Guest. The day-long program started with pre-dawn prayers and the main event started at 9.00 a.m. with flag-hoisting followed by silent prayers.

In his inaugural address, the National President of Sri Lanka Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at A.H. Nasir Ahmad said: The Founder of the Ahmadiyya Community Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) inaugurated this Convention (Jalsa Salana) in 1891 and is being continued by the Jama’at till today. Ahmadiyya Community is holding this Annual Convention in all the countries.

A video from Jalsa Salana Sri Lanka:

This video shows the address by S. Nizam Khan, President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at — Colombo on topic: ‘Mercy and Grace — the Principle Attributes of Allah & How to get Spiritual Satisfaction in Prayers’ (in Sinhala), and also an address by M.A. Akram on topic: The Glory and Importance of invoking Darud Sareef (Salawat) for acceptance of prayers (in Tamil).

In his key-note address, The Markaz Representative Mr. Khalid Mahmoodul Hassan Bhatti said:  The purpose of the Convention about which the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Community said: “The primary purpose of this Convention is to enable every sincere individual to personally experience religious benefits; They may enhance their knowledge and –due to their being blessed and enabled by Allah, The Exalted- their perception [ of Allah ] may progress. Among its secondary benefits is that this congregational meeting together will promote mutual introduction among all brothers, and it will strengthen the fraternal ties within this Community.”………………… “It is essential for all those who can afford to undertake the journey, that they must come to attend this Convention which embodies many blessed objectives. They should disregard minor inconveniences in the cause of Allah and His prophet (peace be upon him.). Allah yields reward to the sincere persons at every step of their way, and no labour and hardship, undertaken in His way, ever goes to waste. I re-emphasize that you must not rank this convention in the same league as other, ordinary, human assemblies. This is a phenomenon that is based purely on the Divine Help, for propagation of Islam.”

The Markaz Representative Mr. Khalid Mahmoodul Hassan Bhatti further said: We must pray that Allah may fulfill all the prayers of Promised Messiah for the convention, on our behalf. We must pray for our Khalifa and recite Darud Prayers on Holy Prophet of Islam Muhammad (PBUH).

Ahmadi Scholars spoke on various topics in this convention such as ‘You are the best people raised for the good of the mankind’, ‘Mercy and Grace – the Principle Attributes of Allah & How to get Spiritual Satisfaction in Prayers’ (in Sinhala), Financial Sacrifice in Islam Ahmadiyyath’ and the Glory and Importance of invoking Darud Sareef (Salawat) for acceptance of prayers.

Ahmadi Muslims throughout the country attended this Convention.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam was founded in 1889 in a small town Qadian, in Punjab, India. Its founder, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) claimed to be the Promised Reformer of the age. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community stands for the brotherhood of mankind and tries to establish peace on earth through love, persuasion and tolerance. It is a spiritual Community and has no political agenda.

At the time of the first annual convention in Qadian in 1891, Hadhrath Mirza Ghulam Ahmad said: Through these conventions, people should know the real knowledge about God and must establish brotherhood amongst the members of the Community.

Objectives, Purposes & Blessings of the Convention (Jalsa Salana) 

Purpose of the Convention (Jalsa Salana)
“The primary purpose of this Convention is to enable every sincere individual to personally experience religious benefits; They may enhance their knowledge and –due to their being blessed and enabled by Allah, The Exalted- their perception [ of Allah ] may progress. Among its secondary benefits is that this congregational meeting together will promote mutual introduction among all brothers, and it will strengthen the fraternal ties within this Community..” (Ishtihar 7 Dec. 1892, Majmoo`ah Ishtiharat Vol. I, Page 340).

Not an Ordinary Convention
“It is essential for all those who can afford to undertake the journey, that they must come to attend this Convention which embodies many blessed objectives. They should disregard minor inconveniences in the cause of Allah and His prophet (peace be upon him.). Allah yields reward to the sincere persons at every step of their way, and no labour and hardship, undertaken in His way, ever goes to waste. I re-emphasize that you must not rank this convention in the same league as other, ordinary, human assemblies. This is a phenomenon that is based purely on the Divine Help, for propagation of Islam.” (Ishtihar 7 Dec. 1892, Majmoo`ah Ishtiharat Vol. I, Page 341)

Prayer
” I conclude with the prayer that everyone who travels for [attending] this Convention that is for the sake of Allah: May Allah, the Exalted, be with him, reward him in abundant measure, have mercy on him, ease up for him his circumstances of hardship and anxiety and eliminate his anguish and grief. May He grant him freedom from every single hardship and lay open for him the ways of [achieving] his cherished goals, and raise him up, on the day of Judgment, among those of His servants who are the recipients of His blessings and Mercy. May He be their Guardian in their absence until after their journey comes to an end. O Allah! O Sublime One and Bestower of bounties, the Ever Merciful and One Who Resolves all problems, do grant all these prayers, and grant us Victory over our opponents with scintillating signs, because You alone have all the prowess and power. Aameen! Aameen!!” (Ishtihar 7 Dec. 1892, Majmoo`ah Ishtiharat Vol. I, Page 342)

Categories: Asia, Jalsa Salana, Sri Lanka

Leave a Reply