Last Updated on 15th March 2019
- A total of 38,510 attendees from 115 countries attended
- An atmosphere of fervent prayers, remembrance of Allah, gratitude, brotherhood and faith inspiring scenes
- Highly educational, morally uplifting and spiritually enhancing speeches by scholars, in both English and Urdu
- New missions established in East Timor and Georgia
- Ahmadiyya Muslim community now established in 212 countries
Office Jalsa Gah
Jalsa Salana UK is considered the Central Jalsa for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, which is now established in 212 countries worldwide. This is mainly because Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (may Allah be his Helper) resides here. This event in 2018 commenced with countless blessings as usual in Hadiqatul Mahdi, Hampshire on 3, 4 and 5 August.
The whole operation of Jalsa Salana takes four weeks from transformation of a farm land into a temporary city of Jalsa Salana and back to its original form. The preparatory work by the Jalsa workers was inspected, and then formally inaugurated by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa on Sunday 29 July, the week before Jalsa Salana. There are over ten thousand devout volunteers who come from all spheres of life and of all age-groups who work selflessly to make this major event successful.
In his address to the workers of Jalsa Salana UK 2018, Huzoor-e-Anwaraa stated that by the grace of Allah, as every year we had the opportunity to host the Jalsa and although workers were well-prepared in terms of organising it, we should still always look to improve at every given opportunity. Huzooraa spoke about issues that were faced in car parking and registration departments and encouraged workers to be polite and helpful amid possible challenges. Similarly, Huzooraa also said that the food serving team should also try to always show the best example.
Huzooraa stated the importance of always having a smile on our faces regardless of how people behaved; how workers should focus on prayers and pray for the constant improvement and smooth running of the Jalsa.
Huzooraa said, “We should always remind ourselves that the Jalsa is successful not because of our own efforts but because of Allah’s grace and mercy.” In addition to this, he stated the importance of paying observance to the five daily prayers. Furthermore, Huzooraa advised guests and workers not to come to the Fazl Mosque in London, blocking neighbours’ entrances by parking outside them and stressed the importance of neighbours’ rights in Islam, and how embarrassing it becomes when they complain. Huzooraa concluded his address and led everyone in silent prayer. After the prayers, Huzooraa went on to inspect some more departments and then returned to have dinner with the workers of Jalsa Salana. Huzooraa then travelled back to London.
Jalsa Salana UK is mainly organised by a number of offices, including office of Rabta (Liaison), Health and Safety, Muaiana (Inspection), Jalsa Salana, Jalsa Gah, Khidmat-e-Khalq and Nazima-e-Ala Lajna Imaillah (for ladies) etc. all of whom work under the direct supervision of Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa. Huzooraa very kindly approved the names, Rafiq Ahmad Hayat Sahib (Ameer Jamaat UK) as Afsar Rabta (Liaison), Mohammed Nasser Khan Sahib as Afsar Jalsa Salana, Maulana Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Sahib as Afsar Jalsa Gah, Sahibzada Mirza Waqas Ahmad Sahib as Afsar Khidmat-e-Khalq and Dr Fariha Khan as Nazima-e-Ala Lajna for the Jalsa Salana UK of 2018.
The office of Jalsa Salana consisted of 111 departments, Khidmat-e-Khalq had 53 departments while Jalsa Gah had 45 departments and Lajna had 107 departments, making a total of 316 operational departments this year.
These departments have been developed over the years to perform their duties on every single aspect pertaining to Jalsa Salana. These ranged from the setup of Jalsa Gah, for instance, stage design, stage building; the educational aspect of Jalsa Salana, for instance, getting approval of speeches and speakers from Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa, preparation of Jalsa programme, arrangement of tilawats and nazms, translation of Jalsa content into several languages, audio and video aid, photography, book stall; catering for the comfort of Jalsa attendees, for instance, laying carpets in Jalsa Gah, water supply, air conditioning, discipline, issuing passes; and reporting and publicity of Jalsa, for example, press & publicity, reporting, erection of marquees and temporary offices in marques as well as porta cabins, arranging for the accommodation of guests arriving from over a hundred countries of the world, catering for the food and health and safety measures and transportation of guests to and from the Jalsa Gah, security of the Jalsa site as well as attendees, traffic management, parking and much more. Some departments also liaise with concerned departments who take care of new converts or external guests as well as Khaima-tul-Arab, guest marquees, Voice of Islam Radio, etc.
Friday 3 August – Day 1
Huzooraa delivered the Friday Sermon on 3 August at the Jalsa site. It was broadcast live on MTA international and translated in various languages.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa said that people should take full advantage of the three days. Guests and workers both should be understanding to one another. Workers should try to improve their standards while guests should try to forgive any shortcomings. But, Huzooraa said, it was important that both worked towards improving Jalsa overall by helping each other. Huzooraa said that the workers have to make sacrifices and also control their emotions.
Huzooraa mentioned the beautiful example of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, and how he would not mind when people would stay at his place for long periods after meals, and although he had so much to do, the Prophetsa never told them to leave. Only Allah told the believers that they should be mindful about it. Huzooraa then also talked of how God had stated the importance of using polite words towards people, and that therefore this should be our example. Huzooraa also stressed the importance of the quality of food and that it should be of a high standard. Huzooraa said that people should not waste their time during the Jalsa days, rather they should occupy themselves in prayers. Huzooraa also said that because of the dry conditions, the risk of fire was high and so everyone should take care not to smoke in the area. Concerning this, he continued by saying that if they absolutely needed to, then they should go outside the site to do so, but also stated that it should be clear that he was not giving permission to smoke, rather he thought it was a displeasing habit and encouraged those who smoked to try to shun it, thereby using Huzoor’saa words as an opportunity to do so.
Huzooraa then encouraged members to visit exhibitions such as, the Review of Religions, Al Qalam project, Ahmadiyya ARC etc. Finally, Huzooraa reminded people to pray for the success of the Jalsa.
After the Friday prayers, Huzoor officially launched www.true-islam.uk and www.rationalreligion.co.uk.
Following a break of a few hours, Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa officially inaugurated this year’s Jalsa Salana with the hoisting of Liwa-e-Ahmadiyyat followed by a prayer. Huzooraa then presided the inaugural session of Jalsa Salana. Followed by the recitation of the Holy Quran with Urdu translation by Feroz Alam Sahib, who recited Surah Al-Baqarah, verses 285-287, an Urdu poem was sung by Ismatullah Sahib and a Persian poem with Urdu translation by Syed Ashiq Hussein Sahib. After that, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa graciously delivered his opening address.
In his inaugural address, Huzooraa spoke about the importance of prayers saying that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah, peace be upon him, said on one occasion that we entirely depend on prayer and it is through this that a true believer can attain victory and success in any situation. The Promised Messiahas used to admonish Jamaat members that prayer is the one thing we must always keep in mind when going about our lives. Allah states in the Quran that the one who is desperate, their prayers are answered. This sort of prayer is heard by Allah and is needed to achieve His mercy and blessings. The Promised Messiahas also states that our God is not in need of anything; rather, we need Him.
Huzooraa said that Jalsa should mean a pious and good change in us, and every adult – young and old – should spend their time remembering Allah and by invoking blessings and salutations upon the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa more than ever before, especially now because of the foul language which is being used against the Holy Prophetsa by some unfortunate people.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa mentioned some of the prayers an Ahmadi should persevere to recite as much as possible and in addition made their meanings clear to the Jamaat that they might have a better understanding of them while supplicating to Allah.
The prayers included the following:
Durood – salutations – on the Holy Prophet of Islamsa,
اَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰي مُحَمَّدٍ وَ عَلٰي اٰلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلٰي اِبْرَاهِيْمَ وَعَلٰي اٰلِ اِبْرَاهِيْمَ اِنَّكَ حَمِيْدٌ مَّجِيْدٌ۔
اَللّٰهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلٰي مُحَمَّدٍ وَ عَلٰي اٰلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلٰي اِبْرَاهِيْمَ وَعَلٰي اٰلِ اِبْرَاهِيْمَ اِنَّكَ حَمِيْدٌ مَّجِيْدٌ۔
رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِنْ لَّدُنْكَ رَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الْوَهَّابُ۔
“Our Lord, let not our hearts become perverse after Thou hast provided for us guidance, and bestow on us mercy from thyself; surely Thou art the Great Bestower.” (Surah Aal-e-Imran: V.9)
رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِي أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانْصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ۔
“Our Lord, forgive our sins and our excesses in our conduct, and make firm our steps and help us against the disbelieving people.” (Surah Aal-e-Imran: V.148)
رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَا أَنْفُسَنَا وَإِنْ لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ۔
“Our Lord, we have wronged our souls and if thou forgive us not and have not mercy on us, we shall surely be of the losers.” (Surah Al-A‘raf: V.24)
رَبَّنَا اٰتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَّفِي الْاٰخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَّقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ۔
“Our Lord, grant us good in this world as well as good in the world to come, and save us from the torment of the fire.” (Surah Al-Baqarah: V.202)
A prayer of the Holy Prophetsa:
اَللّٰهُمَّ إِنَّا نَجْعَلُكَ فِي نُحُورِهِمْ وَنَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شُرُوْرِهِمْ۔
“O Allah, we bring You in front of these people and ask Your protection from them.”
And a prayer of the Promised Messiahas:
رَبِّ كُلُّ شَيْئٍ خَادِمُكَ رَبِّ فَاحْفَظْنِيْ وَانْصُرْنِيْ وَارْحَمْنِيْ۔
“O my Lord, everything lies in your servitude. So, O my Lord, protect me and help me and have mercy on me.”
Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa led everyone in silent prayer towards the end of his address and departed the main marque at 6:15pm. And with this, the proceedings of the first day of Jalsa Salana formally came to the end.
Saturday 4 August – Day 2
The day began as a usual day with congregational Tahajjud prayer, followed by Fajr prayer and dars.
The second session began at 10am when Afsar Jalsa Gah, Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Sahib invited Mirza Muhammad-ud-Din Naz Sahib (President Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyyah, Pakistan) to preside the session as graciously approved by Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa. The session formally began with recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by an Urdu poem.
There were three speeches scheduled in this session. Firstly, The Holy Prophet’ssa Patience and Steadfastness in English by Mr Bilal Atkinson (Regional Amir, North East UK); The Role of Parents in the Pious Upbringing of Children in Urdu by Raja Munir Ahmad Khan Sahib (Principal Jamia Ahmadiyya Junior Section, Rabwah); and Spiritual Revolution Created by the Holy Quran in English by Dr Sir Iftikhar Ahmad Ayaz (Chairman Human Rights Committee UK).
On the second day of Jalsa, ladies hold their own parallel Jalsa session in which speeches are delivered. This year there were three speeches: Khilafat, a Source of Blessings for Human Kind in English by Mrs Rubina Nasir; Qualities of Believing Women and How to Achieve Them in the Morden Age in Urdu by Mrs Saiha Maaz; and When Did I Know Ahmadiyyat Was The True Path in English by Mrs Christine Atkinson.
After the speeches, Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa arrived at the ladies’ Jalsa Gah. The session began with Tilawat and its translation by Qurratul Ain Tahir Sahiba followed by an Urdu poem by Lubna Waheed Ahmad Sahiba. Huzooraa then distributed prizes to the 95 highest female performers in higher education before delivering his address to Ahmadi ladies all over the world.
Huzooraa said that the Promised Messiahas came to teach us to free ourselves from worldly desires, especially those which can be harmful to us. Every mother should pray that God may enable them to bring up their children in such a way that they give precedence to faith over the world. The Promised Messiahas, elucidating on his condition, stated that there was no prayer in which he did not pray for his wife, friends and children. If parents are not setting a virtuous example, their children too will lack a sense of righteousness and virtue. Parents should progress in prayer every passing day and tell their children about all of its benefits also.
Huzooraa said that fathers should observe that children are especially in need of their example, especially at the young age of ten. If we were to give precedence to the world over faith, it would cost us dearly, unless we were to give precedence to our faith. The environment in our homes should be such that our children see us as role models. For the upbringing of children, it is essential that there is a special environment created for this purpose. To safeguard our children’s faith, there is a need of awareness about the environment they are exposed to from the whole of society.
Upon seeing our children committing a mistake in public, we should make them aware of their mistake in privacy. Mothers should raise their children to have the highest standards possible in all aspects, such as serving the world and having spiritual knowledge. Parents should avoid speaking ill of the Jamaat and instil a strong connection to the Jamaat in their children. It is God’s command to safeguard our chastity from the wider society.
The address by Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa finished on congregational silent prayer, as is customary.
A number of groups then presented taraney [choral poems] in a number of languages in which they invoked blessings on the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa, prayed for their beloved Imam and expressed their loyalty with the Jamaat.
This was followed by Zuhr and Asr prayers in the mens’ marquee, after which lunch was served.
Before the third session formerly commenced, eminent speakers were given a chance to speak to the Jalsa audience and express their sentiments about Jamaaat-e-Ahmadiyya. Rafiq Ahmad Hayat Sahib, Ameer Jamaat Ahmadiyya UK, presided over this session. Among the speakers were Cllr Mike Parsons (Guildford Borough Council), Cllr Mary Curtin (Merton Borough Council), Mr Max FineDay (Co-Executive Director Canadian Roots Exchange), Cllr Derek Gardner (Mayor of Alton), Mr Muhammad Asghar (Member of Welsh Conservative Party), Cllr Anthony Williams (Chairman East Hampshire District Council), His Royal Highness, Apollo Sansakabuamblia Kamuswaga (King of Kooki Kingdom Uganda), Prof Ahmad Shaheed (UNO Human Rights Council), Rev Johnnie Moore (Commissioner on the UN Commission on International Religious Freedom), Sara Khan (Lead commissioner for UK Government Commission on Counter Terrorism), Hon Stephen Hammond (MP for Wimbledon, member APPG Ahmadiyya Muslim Community), Mr Mohamed Haji-Kella (Deputy Minister of Social Welfare Sierra Leone) who read out the message from the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio, Hon Ebrima Sillah (Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, The Gambia) who was fortunate enough to have spoken in the holy presence of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa.
Thereafter Hazrat Khalifatul Masih was presented by Chief Lee Crowchild, the elected chief of Tsuut’ina Nation in Canada, a blanket that is considered sacred. And with this the presentation concluded.
Subsequently, the third session began with Tilawat and Urdu translation by Abdul Momin Tahir Sahib (Surat Al-Fath, V.29-30) and Nazm by Nasir Ali Usman Sahib, after which Huzooraa addressed the Jalsa gathering as well as Ahmadis all over the world presenting only a glimpse of the progress of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat during 2017-18. After the speech, the third session concluded, and with that, the proceedings of the second day of Jalsa Salana came to a close.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa mentioned in this speech that according to custom, the speech would detail the blessings of Allah through a brief report on the previous year.
Huzoor said that there were now 212 countries where Ahmadiyyat had been established. Two new countries had entered the fold of Islam Ahmadiyyat in the past year – East Timor (south-east of Indonesia) and Georgia. Huzooraa also added that Nizam-e-Jamaat had now been established in 899 new places for the first time, while the Jamaat was founded in 1173 new places. The previous years saw 411 new mosques acquired with 180 new mission houses established. Now in 127 countries worldwide, the total number of established mission houses were 2826.
Huzooraa added that over sixty thousand Waqar-e-Amal (voluntary labour-work for the service of the community) sessions had been carried out, saving around three million dollars.
This year, Huzooraa said, the revised version of the Swedish translation of the Holy Quran was published. A number of books of the Promised Messiahas have been translated into a number of languages including Arabic, English, French, Russian, Swahili, Bangla as well as local Indian languages. The Raqeem Press which has been established in 9 African countries has printed around 9.3 million copies of books, magazines and newspapers. Over 8 million books have been sent to countries through Additional Wakalat-e-Ishaat Tarseel. Over 1.2 billion pieces of literature were distributed for free to convey the original message of Islam.
Aside from this, reports from a number of desks working in the Centre (UK) were presented. Moreover, Ahmadiyya ARC, the Review of Religions, Al Hakam, Makhzan-e-Tasaweer (Ahmadiyya Photo Gallery), Press & Media Office, MTA International, MTA Africa, MTA 3 (Al-Arabiyya), Ahmadiyya Radio Stations were commended for their services to the Jamaat.
Similarly, IAAAE and Humanity First were appreciated for their selfless service of humanity.
Huzooraa said that during the past year, over 647,000 people belonging to around 300 nations joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat – the true Islam. These people are from 129 different countries of the world.
With this report Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa concluded his address and called the day’s proceedings off with “Assalamo Alaikum wa Rahmatullah” and departed the Jalsa Gah for his office.
There is no doubt that the centre and axis of Jalsa Salana is the holy personage of Khalifatul Masih. Indeed, he is the busiest person during these days among Jamaat members from around the globe as well as among eminent personalities who come to attend the Jalsa from several countries, who want to have even the briefest meeting with Huzooraa. From a few weeks prior to the days, to a few weeks after, Huzooraa graces thousands of Ahmadis and external guests by allowing them to have the opportunity of meeting him personally. People who get this opportunity, indeed, take blessings and memories of a lifetime with them.
On the evening of the second day, a dinner was organised in the honour of distinguished guests who had come to attend the Jalsa Salana from all over the world. Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa graced the occasion, sparing time out of his busy schedule.
Sunday 30 July – Day 3
The third day of Jalsa began with the fourth session commencing exactly at 10am. This session was presided over by Baba F Trawally Sahib (Amir Jamaat Ahmadiyya The Gambia). The session began with recitation of the Holy Quran followed by an Urdu poem.
There were four speeches scheduled for this session: The Kind Treatment of the Promised Messiahas Towards His Opponents, in English by Dr Zahid Ahmad Khan Sahib; Establishment of Global Unity Through Khilafat, in Urdu by Ataul Mujeeb Rashed Sahib (Missionary In-charge UK); Existence of God in the Context of Acceptance of Prayers, in Urdu by Mubashar Ahmad Kahlon Sahib (Mufti-e-Silsila Ahmadiyya; Ahmadiyyat – A Fortress of Peace in English by Rafiq Ahmad Hayat Sahib (Amir Jamaat Ahmadiyya UK).
After the session, preparations were made for the international Bai‘at ceremony.
With the arrival of Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa in the main marquee, the faith-inspiring ceremony took place.
Before the Bai‘at, Huzooraa announced that by the grace of Allah, during the past year, 647,000 people from 129 countries had joined the fold of Ahmadiyyat. The Bai‘at was followed by Zuhr and Asr prayers.
After the prayers, there was a short lunch break.
Before the final session started, some distinguished guests made short speeches in which they expressed their views about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat. The guests included Cllr Steve Masterson (Mayor of Rushmoor), Cllr Bernadette Khan (Mayor of Croydon), Prof Dr Muhammad Saleh Tajuddin, (Lecture in Alauddin Islamic State University, Indonesia), Mr Bernard Joseph Wagner (Mayor of the City of Belize), Ameer- Ud -Din Muhammad (Mayor of Comoros Island), Cllr Thayalan (Mayor of Kingston), Dr Rami Ranger (CBE), Armah Zolu Jallah (Member of that Senate of Liberia), Stephen Lecce (Member of provincial Parliament, Peace Village Canada), Hon Paul Scully (MP for Sutton and Cheam & Vice Chair of APPG Ahmadiyya Muslim Community) and Hon Sir Edward Jonathan Davey (MP for Kingston and Surbiton).
After the speeches by eminent guests, the final session commences. The session formally started with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Rashid bin Khattab Sahib, followed by the Urdu translation, Arabic Qaseedah of the Promised Messiahas, its Urdu translation and an Urdu poem.
Thereafter, Amir Sahib UK announced the Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize for 2018, for Dr Fred Mednick, founder of Teachers Without Borders.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masihaa then distributed prizes to 99 of the highest performing male students in different educational fields. The final address of the Jalsa by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmadaa followed.
After reciting tashahud, ta‘awuz and Surah Al-Fatihah, Hazrat Amirul Momineenaa recited verse 91 of Surah Al-Nahl:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيْتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَى وَيَنْهَى عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُوْنَ۔
“Verily, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others, and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency and manifest evil and transgression. He admonishes you that you may take heed.”
Huzooraa then gave an extended talk about key commandments given in this verse, quoting references from the Holy Quran, traditions of the Holy Prophetsa and sayings of the Promised Messiahas. Huzooraa urged the Muslims to act upon the good virtues mentioned in this verse, and explaining the details of forbidden acts of the verse, Huzooraa urged them to steer clear of them in order to become better human beings and better Muslims.
Towards the end of his speech, Huzooraa prayed for the people who attended Jalsa Salana, coming from all corners of the world. With dua – prayer – he brought a close to a successful Jalsa Salana 2018.
After the dua, a number of groups from young children to Ansarullah (members of community over 40 years of age) sang taraney [choral poems] to Huzooraa expressing their love and loyalty for the Holy Prophetsa of Islam, for Khilafat as well as praying for Huzoor’s long and healthy life and safety.
This year, by the sheer grace of Allah the Almighty, 38,510 people attended the Jalsa Salana from 115 countries worldwide.
A number of dignitaries from countries around the globe attended the event including mayors, members of parliament, serving and former ministers of state, senators in service, delegates and representatives of heads of states including Liberia and Haiti, and other prominent members of political and civil circles as well as academia. Some prominent politicians conveyed their sentiments through messages including the Prime Minister of the UK and the Leader of Liberal Democratic Party in the UK.
Miscellaneous Departments’ Representation
During the Jalsa, there were a number of special marquees put up for different purposes, some of which were exhibitions while others were for public awareness.
A marquee was set up for the non-Ahmadi guests visiting Jalsa Salana. They were well looked after there and provided information and answers to any questions they might have had about Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya. There was one question and answer session as well. There were also various exhibitions worth experiencing this year.
Ahmadiyya ARC & Al Hakam:
Ahmadiyya Archives and Research Centre had arranged a unique exhibition presenting sacred artefacts belonging to the Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas including a table and a wall clock from the property in Lahore where he passed away.
The weekly Al Hakam had arranged a unique exhibition as well. People could enjoy different issues of the paper on tablets and could buy its Jalsa Salana Special issue there. Alongside this was a Writers’ Corner for Ahmadis around the world to leave details with the Al Hakam team so that they may contribute to the newspaper in future.
A marquee was set up for Arab guests at Jalsa Salana to allow them to mingle with other Arabs, and access translation of the events with ease. They had their own session as usual.
The Shroud of Turin Conference:
Visiting world-renowned researchers of the Turin Shroud also held an exhibition as well as a conference on their discoveries at the Jalsa.
Al-Qalam is the project where a number of people are given the opportunity to write a verse from the Holy Quran in Arabic in their own handwriting. This year, as the project comes to a close, the project managers displayed Surah Al-Fatihah, the opening chapter of the Holy Quran, written by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa.
The community’s engineers and architects had an exhibition placed in the Jalsa site to demonstrate the projects they had completed and their work.
The meeting for the Pan-African Ahmadiyya Association happened on the second day of Jalsa.
Members of the Bangla community met on the third day where a meeting was held for the benefit of everyone present.
Apart from the aforementioned marquees, there were a few others which operated, especially after or between the sessions of Jalsa Salana like Makhzan-e-Tasaweer, the book stall, audio-video library, Reserve 1 and Reserve 2.
Safeer Ahmad Zartasht and Fuad Alam, Department of Reporting, Jalsa Gah, Jalsa Salana UK 2018