By Jumu’ah Abiodun, Nigeria
As the 41st Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Germany began earlier on Friday, 2nd September, 2016 with a Friday Sermon delivered by theWorld Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Khalifa Masih V, enjoined media practitioners across the globe to promote peace.
Urging the media to promote peace Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said “the media should play it’s role in establishing peace in the world by being fair and just in its reporting. For example, here in Germany today many thousands of people have joined together in order to promote peace, yet the media will not give it anywhere near as much coverage as it would to reports of terrorism or extremism.”
Prior to the Friday Sermon, His Holiness raised the Flag of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (Liwa-e-Ahmadiyyat) to officially inaugurate the event, whilst the German National Flag was also raised.
During his Friday Sermon, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad mentioned that this year was the 125thanniversary since the first Jalsa Salana took place in the small Indian town of Qadian in which just a few dozen people participated.
His Holiness also outlined the true objectives of the Jalsa Salana as laid down by the Founder of the Jama’at “the purpose of our Annual Convention is to rejuvenate and increase the faith of Ahmadi Muslims and to bring about a spiritual and moral reformation in their lives. Further, it’s purpose is to spread the truth peaceful teachings of Islam and to increase in brotherhood and love for mankind,” said Huzur.
He added that “it is a source of deep regret if a person consider this Jalsa Salana to be a worldly festival rather than coming here with pious intentions. Therefore, we should set aside all forms of materialism and worldliness during these three days and thereafter when you return to your daily lives you should do so with the firm conviction of continuing to display the highest standards of morality and piety at all times.”
Both prior to and following the Friday Sermon, His Holiness held a press conference with members of the German media during which he answered questions about the purpose of Jalsa Salana, the continued rise of terrorism and extremism and the… read more at source.