Khilafat is the lifeline that keeps Jalsa alive and thriving. It is the very soul of every operation at Jalsa Salana. The UK Jalsa holds the added distinction of being the markazi Jalsa Salana of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, where Hazrat Khalifatul Masih is physically present.
Earlier this evening, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V, may Allah be his Helper, blessed the grounds of Hadeeqatul Mahdi, inspected the various arrangements of Jalsa Salana and addressed the workers, praying for them and giving them vital guidance.
After Huzooraa arrived in Hadeeqatul Mahdi he inspected the Langar Khana (Kitchen) and also the Roti Plant where the flat breads will be made in their thousands over the course of Jalsa Salana. Huzooraa also spent time in the Jalsa Salana store and gave vital guidance to the volunteers there.
Along the whole inspectoin Huzooraa gave constant guidance to the workers and organisers and discussed various matters with Afsar Jalsa Salana, Nasser Khan Sahib.
Huzooraa also visited the various exhibitions that will be on display during Jalsa Salana, including: National Tabligh UK, Ahmadiyya Archive & Research Centre and Al Hakam, IAAAE, The Review of Religions, International Press & Media, IT Markaz department and Makhzan-e-Tasaweer.
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa then headed towards the main men’s marquee and on the way visited the homeopathy despensary tent and the first aid tent.
After his address, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa had refreshments in the Langar Marquee with the rest of the Jalsa volunteers.
Huzooraa then visited the Lajna side of Jalsa Salana.
Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa arrived on the stage in the men’s marquee at approximately 18:10 BST and invited Ehsan Ahmad Sahib to recite a portion of the Holy Quran, who recited verses 44-50 of Surah Yusuf, after which Masroor Odeh Sahib presented the Urdu translation.
Huzooraa then conveyed his salaam, and after reciting tashahud, ta‘awuz, Huzooraa said that it was Allah’s grace and blessings that Jalsa Salana UK was being held this year after a two-year gap due to the pandemic. Last year, the number of volunteers was not as much as it was this year. This year, there would be a normal number of participants and the arrangements had been made according to the normal circumstances. The more experienced volunteers should train the less experienced ones.
Although the Jalsa was being held without many restrictions, attendees must ensure that the measures put in place were followed; for example, masks were worn at all times. Volunteers should take extra care as they needed to work together at close quarters. As far as arrangements were concerned, according to what Huzooraa had seen during the inspection of the site, it could not be said that there was any shortcoming in any particular aspect; however, should there be any shortcoming, it will be because of the individual, and not the department.
Therefore, workers ought to fulfil their obligations by bearing in mind the protocol due to guests of the Promised Messiahas. Alongside work, an Ahmadi Muslim must show their example in their worship; workers should ensure that they are offering their salat.
Huzooraa then led the congregation in silent prayer.