Faran Rabbani, Al Hakam Correspondent
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, 12 July: On Thursday, 11 July 2019, the inspection for the 71st Jalsa Salana USA officially began.
This year’s Jalsa Salana is being held at the Farm Show Complex, located in the heart of Harrisburg, the capital city of the state of Pennsylvania. The Jalsa inspection began at 7:40pm with Amir Jamaat USA, Sahibzada Dr Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad Sahib passing through the security gates.
After the initial security inspection and visit to various departments, Amir Sahib addressed the volunteers of Jalsa Salana USA.
Recitation of the Holy Quran was presented by Imam Faheem Arshad Sahib of Phoenix, Arizona, after which Amir Sahib addressed the volunteers of this year’s Jalsa.
In his remarks, Amir Sahib reminded the volunteers:
“Every year, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih, may Allah be his Helper, addresses the volunteers of Jalsa and reminds them of their responsibilities. Those are the real guidelines for us all to abide by. We should all remember that each and every guest at the Jalsa Salana is in reality the guest of the Promised Messiahas and as such, must be treated with the utmost respect that they rightfully deserve.
“It was observed that some volunteers lost their temper in previous years while on duty. This is not an acceptable behavior. We must never lose our temper, come what may. Similarly, the badges that we all wear should serve as a constant reminder that we are servants of the Jamaat and must obey the nizam while treating everyone alike with kindness and compassion.
“Keep an observant eye on your surroundings as that is the best form of security. Huzoor-e-Anwaraa has time and again reminded us that those who are on duty must offer their prayers in congregation. If someone is unable to offer the prayers with the main congregation, then they must offer it in congregation with other such volunteers later on.”
Then addressing the Ziafat (kitchen) needs, Amir Sahib said:
“In previous years, our Ziafat department has had food shortage due to which not all the guests at Jalsa Salana were served. Ziafat department should do their best to address this issue so that food is prepared in enough quantities so that every single guest of the Promised Messiahas is served in the best possible manner.”
At the end, Amir sahib led everyone in silent prayer.
Around 500 volunteers, including men, women and children were present at the Jalsa Salana inspection.
Insha-Allah Al Hakam will be covering the USA Jalsa by providing daily updates of the events taking place at the 71st Jalsa Salana USA.