Over a hundred Muslim men, women and children from across South West England will join tens of thousands of Muslims from around 100 countries in the South East of England to pledge allegiance to the world’s largest Caliphate.
More than 30,000 Ahmadi Muslims from across the globe are expected to congregate in the Hampshire countryside to hear His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Fifth Caliph and Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, deliver five speeches and pledge their allegiance at his hand. Millions more will take the pledge simultaneously through a live global satellite feed.
The purpose of the three-day international gathering, known as the Jalsa Salana, is to promote Islam and challenge misinterpretations of the world’s second largest religion.
Dr Nassir Domun, Regional Youth Leader for the South Wales and West Region told the PRSD: “The planning for the Jalsa starts almost straight after the last one has ended with over 5,000 volunteers involved.
“Our region has the responsibility of looking after guest dining security and guest accommodation security.
“I attend the Jalsa because it reminds me of the true message of Islam and rejuvenates my faith and drive to serve the local community, whether that be through tree planting, visiting the sick and elderly or feeding the homeless.”
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was established in 1889 in India and is led by a spiritual caliphate, with tens of millions of adherents.
The event will open with the traditional Friday Sermon and on Saturday the Caliph will deliver his keynote address in front of 15,000 Muslim women.
The 51st Jalsa Salana in the UK will climax on Sunday 30th July with a pledge of allegiance at the hand of His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad – with attendees making a human chain all the way to the Caliph’s hand.
His Holiness regularly comments on world affairs and offers solutions for today’s problems in light of Islam’s teachings. For years, he has warned about the threat of a Third World War.
He has called for mosques to be open, transparent and has called on authorities to monitor mosques. He has also spoken of the threat of terrorists entering Europe under the guise of refugees.
In advance of the Jalsa Salana, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: “Recently, terrorist organisations have started to regularly commit the most barbaric atrocities in Western countries by taking the lives of innocent people.
“The terrorists have no knowledge of Islam because otherwise they would realise that the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) forbade the murder of innocent people under any circumstances and even during a state of war. The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited the targeting of innocent children, women, elderly people and he forbade the targeting of religious leaders and places of worship such as Priests and Churches.”
The Caliph continued: “Spread peace to all parts of society. Spread love amongst all of mankind. Bring people towards God Almighty and the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) by winning their hearts through the power of love, grace and compassion.”
The Jalsa will be broadcast live worldwide on Muslim Television Ahmadiyya (MTA) which is on Sky Channel 787 in the UK. It will also be available to watch online and on DAB.
Proceedings will be simultaneously translated into dozens of languages, including – English, Urdu, Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Turkish, Bosnian, Albanian, Bulgarian, Indonesian, Tamil, Malayalam and Swahili.