Earlier today, multitudes of people flocked to Islamabad, Tilford, on what seemed to be the morning of a typical Bank Holiday Sunday. What was it that pulled entire families out of bed so early? The chance to see off their beloved Khalifa, as he departed for Jalsa Salana Germany 2023.
One by one, as people walked past the scanning gate, picked up their masks and entered the complex, they were met with a sea of folk – some very young, some very old; some wrapped in winter wear, others still enjoying the remaining bits of summer. All those in attendance were eagerly waiting to catch even the slightest glimpse of their Imam.
The scene was set, and the mixed feelings – knowing that Huzooraa was leaving but that he would soon be back – pulsated through Islamabad.
One intriguing thing about Islamabad is that whatever the size of the crowd, there is always a sense of serenity and calmness. The same was the case this morning.
Just after 10 am, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa came out and said Assalamu alaikum to the Jamaat members. He led the congregation in silent prayer, after which hearty slogans of Nara-e-Takbir and Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya Zindabad were raised – giving even more warmth to the occasion. The atmosphere was truly electric.
Huzooraa then proceeded to sit in his car and waved everyone farewell as he departed.
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa arrived in Frankfurt, Germany just before 10:30 pm. Over two thousand members of the Jamaat had gathered in the Bait-us-Subuh mosque complex to welcome Huzooraa. Choral poems were recited, slogans of Nara-e-Takbir were called, and all members were jubilant on the arrival of their beloved Imam.
After this, Huzooraa made his way to the mosque and led the Maghrib and Isha prayers – a moment everyone had been yearning for. This marked the start of Huzoor’s visit to Germany.
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