03/08/2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A Muslim community that has been hosting Britain’s biggest annual three-day convention has dramatically scaled back this year’s event, from some 35,000 to just 4,000 delegates.
Putting health and safety first, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s 55th annual convention, Jalsa Salana, in the Hampshire countryside, being held 6- 8 August this year will be for its invited UK members only. Each invitee can
show proof of double vaccination and undergo a lateral flow test before entry, due to the global coronavirus pandemic. There will also be social distancing measures in place.
Rafiq Hayat, National President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK said:
“Even though most Covid restrictions were lifted in England on 19 July, we recognise the need to exercise care and shall try and provide a safe and covid-free environment for our Jalsa.”
“Throughout the pandemic, our mosques have been operating at a reduced level and we will continue to prioritise safety of our delegates as well as the local community.”
“The programme from the Jalsa will be transmitted live via satellite TV around the world and the Jalsa can also be followed on social media. Therefore, even those who cannot attend can gain the spiritual benefits of the event.”
This year, again with safety in mind, external guests are not invited onsite, however, as in previous years some dignitaries will be sending video messages of support.
The purpose of the Jalsa Salana is strengthen one’s link with God and bring the community together in a spirit of fraternity.
The Jalsa will be addressed by the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Notes to Editors
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