Source: Press Release
The 52nd Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the United Kingdom concluded on Sunday 5 August 2018 with a powerful and faith-inspiring address by the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.
More than 38,500 people from 115 countries attended the Jalsa Salana, which took place at Hadeeqatul Mahdi in Alton, Hampshire.
Apart from the thousands of Ahmadi Muslims who participated, many non-Ahmadi and non-Muslim guests also attended. The entire event was broadcast live on MTA International and streamed online.
A highlight of the three-day Jalsa Salana was the pledge of allegiance, known as Bai’at, that took place on Sundayafternoon, where the participants pledged allegiance to Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad as the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph) of the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him).
The participants formed a human chain leading to the Khalifa as they repeated the words of the pledge in unison. Prior to the ceremony, His Holiness announced that more than 647,000 had joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community during the past year from all around the world. He further announced that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was now established in 212 countries. This year the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community had been established in East Timor and Georgia for the first time.
During his concluding address, His Holiness spoke about the high moral values a true Muslim must aspire to and said Muslims had a duty to ensure that they lived their lives according to the commandments of Allah the Almighty.
His Holiness mentioned various moral qualities and characteristics that true Muslims ought to possess, including modesty, generosity and the willingness to make financial sacrifices for the sake of Allah the Almighty.
Speaking about the importance of spending money on charity for the pleasure of Allah, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“Allah the Almighty has given the glad tiding that by spending in His way, a person becomes the recipient of His bounties, and, with the grace of Allah, many members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have personal experience of this. By spending in the way of Allah, one does not end up in a state of impoverishment, rather Allah grants comfort and ease to those who spend in His way.”