With the hoisting of Liwa-e-Ahmadiyyat and today’s Friday Sermon delivered by Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa at the Germany Jalsa Gah in Karlsruhe, the 43rd Jalsa Salana Germany has officially commenced.
The preparations for this grand event begin months in advance with volunteers offering their services in a wide range of departments.
The challenges faced by Germany Jamaat vary from those faced by the UK Jamaat in that Hadiqatul Mahdi belongs to the Ahmadiyya Jamaat whereas the property hired for Jalsa Salana Germany is acquired one week in advance and must be returned two days later.
By the grace of Allah, the teams that offer their duties at Jalsa are well experienced and every year sees the expertise of workers and staff at Jalsa Salana grow more and more.
Speaking to Al Hakam, Ilyas Majoka Sahib, Afsar Jalsa Salana Germany, said:
“It is by the sheer grace of Allah that we are having the opportunity to once again host the guests of Promised Messiahas at Jalsa Salana Germany. The highlight of the Jalsa is the blessed presence of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa who is among us here in Karlsruhe.
“The DM Arena at Karlsruhe has been used as the Jalsa Gah for many years now. When used for the first time, it seemed larger than our need back in 2011. Now, seven years on, we have outgrown the humongous halls of DM Arena and space seems to be shrinking. As part of an ever-growing Jamaat, we take this as a sign of Allah’s blessings on the Jamaat of the Promised Messiahas which is destined to grow to the corners of the Earth.”
As Huzooraa stated in his address while officially inaugurating duties, those that offer services at Jalsa Salana in any capacity bear an immense responsibility. This serves as a reminder to all volunteers that the convention is not an ordinary worldly festival, rather, as the Promised Messiahas stated, it is a gathering of people which is supported with Divine succour.
Attendees of Jalsa Salana Germany and viewers of MTA look forward to the three-day event in which, apart from the Friday Sermon, three addresses will be delivered by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa to attendees; address to German guests, address in Ladies’ Jalsa Gah and the concluding address.
Afsar Jalsa Gah Germany, Hafiz Muzaffar Imran Sahib told Al Hakam:
“The theme of this year’s Jalsa Salana is the Quranic verse:
وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا كَافَّةً لِلنَّاسِ بَشِيرًا وَنَذِيرًا
“‘And We have not sent thee but as a bearer of glad tidings and a Warner, for all mankind’. (Ch.34: V.29)
“The speeches will focus on the aspects of the Holy Prophet’ssa character mentioned in this verse.
“It has now become customary that the second day’s afternoon session of Jalsa Germany is dedicated to the topic of Khilafat. Nazms and speeches about Khilafat comprise this special session and this year we have Maulana Muhammad Hameed Kausar Sahib from Qadian who will speak on the topic.”
Aside from what the camera captures, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa will be working around a heavy schedule alongside meeting with delegations and families who will have travelled from far and wide to meet their master, some meeting Huzooraa for the first time.
As Germany is part of mainland Europe, it becomes easier for Ahmadis and guests alike to travel by road to the convention from areas like Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic and the UK from across the channel.
As the Jalsa now bears an international scope, MTA will be airing the Jalsa through a special three-day broadcast. Aside from the sessions, MTA has produced interesting programmes that will Insha-Allah be shown to viewers throughout the course of the three days.
Ataul Awwal Abbasi Sahib, head of MTA Studios in Germany, told Al Hakam readers what they can expect to see at this year’s special Jalsa Germany broadcast.
“Alhamdolillah – all praise is due to Allah – we have the opportunity to broadcast Jalsa Salana Germany live again on MTA International. The highlight without a doubt are the beautiful faith inspiring addresses delivered by our beloved Imam, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa.
“MTA Germany has also been busy producing documentaries for which the team has travelled to Bosnia, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. We also have interesting studio discussions on topics from Khilafat Unifying the World in general and Islamic World in particular, as well as Islam as Part of Germany. I’d like to welcome our viewers to Jalsa Salana Germany 2018 through the extremely fortunate blessings of MTA International.”
The broadcast can be watched live throughout the three days on MTA International via satellite or even more conveniently at www.mta.tv/live.