67th Jalsa Salana USA convention promotes peace, spirituality

Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015 12:00 am

HARRISBURG — Friday marked the initiation of the 67th Jalsa Salana USA, an annual national Islamic convention hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. The Jalsa is the longest running convention of its kind, catering to both American Muslims across the United States as well as international Muslims from multiple countries. It also attracts upwards of 1,000 non-Muslim guests every year. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg housed an estimated 8,000 American Muslims from diverse backgrounds — military veterans, businessmen, physicians, political assistants and others gathered to strengthen ties and promote peace.

Gov. Tom Wolf visited the Jalsa on Friday and met with numerous Muslim members of the local and national community. Wolf received briefings on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s ongoing campaigns of “Muslims for Peace” and “Muslims for Loyalty.” After touring the event, Wolf said, “peace building is something everyone should be doing.”

Friday’s session featured speeches that aimed to increase spirituality and enhance the connection between attendees and the spiritual head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness the Khalifa of Islam, Mirza Masroor Ahmad. His Holiness delivered a number of speeches denouncing extremism and promoting peace in a similar Jalsa in the United Kingdom.

U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, Representative for California’s 17th Congressional District, attended the special guest event on Saturday titled, “Religion, Freedom and Peace.” For his service with the Peace Corps and his global advocacy of religious freedom, Honda received the Ahmadiyya Humanitarian Award. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community seeks to recognize exemplary service efforts and has been dedicated to relief, education and food security worldwide. Its members have worked extensively with Humanity First, an international nonprofit humanitarian relief organization whose global health initiatives and disaster relief efforts were showcased in an exhibition at the event.

The Saturday guest event spotlighted a discussion between civil servants and interfaith leaders on solving global extremism and protecting international religious freedom. The esteemed guests included Honda; Vice Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Dr. Robert George; Acting Director of the office of International Religious Freedom of the U.S. State Department Brian Bachman; and state Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin), among others.

The Jalsa Salana or annual convention ended on Sunday and featured speeches dedicated to strengthening spirituality, fostering ties between faith groups, and helping to promote peace and loyalty.



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  1. Peace be on you.
    It is 2016, Jalsa time again:
    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, the nation’s largest and oldest Muslim organization, will host the 68th annual 3-day conference to spiritually rejuvenate Muslim Americans, young and old. As the longest running American Muslim conference, it aims to reach into true Islam’s fundamentals as practiced by Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to teach how to be a model Muslim in today’s world.

    The recent attacks in San Bernardino, Orlando, Istanbul, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, and Iraq show that much of the world is in the dark about Islam’s true teachings. Distorted teachings by extremists have promoted fear and Islamophobia worldwide. In response, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has spearheaded a campaign entitled “True Islam and the Extremists” to educate the masses on Islam’s true teachings. Its aim is to enhance the country’s national security through a proven model that saves people from the path of extremism.

    The conference will be held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA from July 29- July 31st.

    Everyone is welcome.

    July 29th – 31st 2016
    Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex
    2300 N Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
    (855) 47-JALSA (52572)

    Ref: http://www.religiousforums.com/threads/usa-thousands-of-american-muslims-unite-for-annual-convention.189301/

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