Abass Bin Wilson, Ghana Correspondent
The 88th Jalsa Salana of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Ghana was held from 3 to 5 January 2020, at the Mission’s Farm, Bagh-e-Ahmad (Garden of Ahmad).
The theme was, “Corruption – A threat to national development, peace and security”. The total attendance was over 35,000. Delegations from other countries, including Nigeria, Sierra Leone and South Africa, also attended the event.
The Jalsa was attended by prominent personalities including the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana HE Alhajj Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Special Guest of Honour for the occasion and the Vice President of National House of Chiefs Daasebre Kweku Ewusi VII who was the guest of honour.
In his special message to the participants, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa urged members to strive for a high degree of piety and righteousness. Huzooraa said:
“You should offer the five daily prayers regularly. You should not lie nor hurt anyone with your tongue. You should not let even a thought of mischief, wrongdoing or transgression pass through your minds.”
Huzooraa advised the Ahmadi Muslims to shun every type of sin, offence, undesirable speech and action as well as egoistic passions and unruly behaviour.
Huzooraa said that they should become pure-hearted, harmless and meek servants of Allah Almighty and that no poisonous germ should flourish in their beings.
Huzooraa drew the attention of Ahmadi Muslims to the importance of Khilafat and charged them to strengthen their attachment and loyalty to the institution.
“Today, the mission for the revival of Islam and indeed the attainment of world peace can only be achieved by adhering to the system of the institution of spiritual succession of the Community.”
Huzooraa admonished Ahmadi Muslims to establish a close relationship with Allah as the true purpose of life was for man to open the window of his heart to his Creator. Huzooraa said that a person who has developed true love for Allah in his heart has an unwavering belief that if he leads his life within the confines of the commandment and prohibitions of Allah, he shall become a recipient of his blessings.
“Such a person has a strong faith that if he continues to show perfect obedience to Allah, follows the path of righteousness and fulfills the rights of Allah and His creation, the Almighty Allah will be pleased with him”.
Alhajj Dr Mahamadu Bawumia commended the community and urged other religious bodies and civil society organisations (CSOs) to continue to speak and generate awareness on corruption. His Excellency also charged Ghanaians to resist any attempt from any individual or group to whip up sentiment of one religion against another, stressing that peace and stability were key pillars for religious tolerance.