By Zubair Khan
By the grace of Almighty, from last three years Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Croatia participates in Croatian International Book Fair known as Interliber. It is organised in famous Exhibition halls of Croatian capital city of Zagreb. Spread over two very big halls, hundreds of exhibitors enact their stalls and above hundred thousands participants pay visit to this great event. From 08 to 13 of November in year, 2016, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Croatia participated with 69 titles as well with various roll ups comprising of Islam and Ahmadiyya exhibitions. Along with display of literature, exhibitors are facilitated to introduce new publications as well to present lectures on topics arousing interest for the participants. Stage with podium, public address equipment, projector, screen and above 150 chairs are provided for the audience. Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat also made a presentation on the topic of “Woman in Islam: Removing the veil of Prejudice” The lecture was restricted mainly to the references of Holy Quran.
For current year reaching to public strategy was adopted. Newly 11 printed brochure, (9 comprising of speeches of Supreme head of Ahmadiyya Community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, (Be Allah his Helper) which he delivered on various recent occasions and 6 booklets, Role of women in Islamic Society, Women in Islam,Three questions by a Christian, Need for the Imam, Elementary Study of Islam and Four questions by Christian Sirajuddin and a leaflet informing the presence of Ahmadiyya literature in Croatia), in quantity 15,000 were distributed amongst participants
Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian are similar languages as such Holy Quran and few books in Bosnian language were also acquired. Holy Quran was the most demanded item. 50 in the stock sold out.
Jesus in India, The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam, World Crisis and Pathway to peace, Islam Response to Contemporary Issues, Absolute Justice, Kindness and Kinship, Christianity, a Journey from Facts to Fiction, Life of Muhammad sa, Zikre Elahi, Blessed Model of Prophet Muhammad sa and Caricatures, Faith and Reason from Islamic perspective remained the most sought and sold books.
Different roll ups depicting pictures and other details about Attributes of Allah, Prophet Muhammad sa, Hazrat Masih Moud A.S. and Ahamdiyya Khalifas also proved to be great attraction for visitors. One could notice, shocks, surprises and strange emotions on the faces of visitor when they used to read the awaited Messiah has come. Neutral non Muslims and Muslims appreciated the efforts of Ahmadiyya as being only Islamic religious Book stall in the book fair. However odd Christians did show angry feelings about books containing material on Christianity and Jesus Christ A.S.
Members of local Ahmadiyya Community, Mr Patrik, Mr Balde, Mr Yasser, and Missionary Basil along with Mr Issa as well students Mr Ivan, Mr Karlo, Ms Maja Radan and Ms Maja F contributed to make the event a great success. This year Mr Ivan remained the main driving force in organising the event. God may bless all those who facilitated any kind of assistance. Amin