By Zubair Khan
Report compilation: Misel Androic.
Pictures: Rana Munawwar Khan
Interliber, recognized to be one of the most famous book fairs in the region, was held from 13th to 18th of November. Organized under the auspices of Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia and the City of Zagreb, the fair was visited by many distinguished guests and dignitaries, including the president of the Croatian Government, mayor of Zagreb, various ministers and other famous people from cultural and entertainment scene. Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Croatia made great strides, being the only presenter of Islamic literature among 300 presenters, spreading the true message of Islam for six days, throughout the whole duration of the fair, to an estimated number of over 130 000 visitors. Members and friends of AMJ Croatia gave their helping hand, mr. Kalemullah Malhi, mr. Yassir Al-Masri, mr. Balde Yaya Saiko, mr. Talha Ahmad, mr. Mišel Androić. And special thanks to AMJ Bosnia members missionary Mufiz Rahman and Nedim Ahmad whose help proved invaluable in reducing the workload due to many visits and inquiries of interested visitors.
Missionary Mufiz Rahman always eagerly answering questions and joining in discussions with the visitors of the stall. Along side AMJ Croatia volunteer staff being interviewed by TV crew of the popular show Spiritual Challenges.
Visitors of the AMJ Croatia stall could find free literature and books sold on promotional prices. Interested visitors asked questions about Islam, the Ahmadiyya movement or general themes related to public perception of Muslims, while the dedicated staff of AMJ volunteers gladly answered all of questions and courteously engaged into discussions and debates. AMJ Croatia was also featured on the popular Croatian TV religious show “Duhovni izazovi” (Spiritual Challenges) and presented itself to a wider audience. In the interview with the AMJ volunteers the TV crew asked general questions about the Movement itself, and the books that are being sold. Many books were sold throughout the event, it was a great pleasure to see that many visitors were eager to get books after talking with the volunteers, Quran being in high demand, together with books on contemporary Islamic themes.
On 17th November, the latest book of the Khalifatul Masih V, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace, was promoted on the main stage of the book fair. The audience was informed about the general idea of the book, that is, how a message of peace directly inspired from the main sources of Islam, like Quran, can pave the way for a lasting peace, and with this shed some light about the role of Islam in the contemporary world. After 5 days of hard dedicated work, AMJ Croatia members ended their participation on Interliber when it concluded on 18th November. Special thanks to members of AMJ Bosnia and Slovenia for their support.