The missionary of the Ibadan Circuit of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Mualim Abdul Hakeem Ariyo, in this interview by SAHEED SALAWU, speaks on the significance of the “International Bai’at (initiation ceremony),” which was a highlight of the Jalsa Salana (annual convention) of the Jama’at, the 2017 edition of which was rounded off last Sunday by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United Kingdom, transmitted simultaneously to all the circuits worldwide.
What is the significance of the International Bai’at (initiation ceremony) as part of this year’s annual convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United Kingdom, which was observed by all Ahmadis across the world?
I want to start my response from the nature of the Jalsa itself. You know, the United Kingdom is a country, just like Nigeria is, and in Nigeria, we have our own Jalsa also, so what is our concern with the UK Jalsa? The nature of the UK Jalsa is that it is international Jalsa. So, it is different from Nigeria Jalsa. What makes this so is the presence of the Khalifah. That is where the Khalifah of the time [current head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community] is. Wherever the Khalifah is, whatever programme is held there belongs to members all over the world. So, for that reason, the UK Jalsa is an international Jalsa. Every country has the privilege of holding the Jalsa once in a year at its own convenience. In Nigeria, we will hold ours in December, insha’Allah. For the UK Jalsa, there are representations by members from all over the world – from Nigeria, the United States, everywhere. That is one of the reasons for the special nature of the UK Bai’at. Because the Khalifah is in the UK, whoever signs the Bai’at there does so directly at the hands of the Khalifah. That is a Bai’at ceremony that unites the world of Ahmadiyya. So, at one and the same time, the Bai’at takes place. It is just like we have seen it done here and it is like that all over the world. So, the significance is that because of the presence of the Khalifah, we all have the opportunity of renewing our Bai’at – those of who are already in the Jama’at and those who are just coming in. So, as they are taking their own [Bai’at], we are also renewing our own.
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