From: Morkporkpor Anku, GNA Special Correspondent, UK
Hampshire (United Kingdom), Aug. 10, GNA – The annual Jalsa Salana of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the UK, has ended with more than 38,500 people from 115 countries attending the event, held at Hadeeqatul Mahdi in Alton, Hampshire.
Apart from the thousands of Ahmadi Muslims, who participated, many non-Ahmadi and non-Muslim guests also attended.
His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad speaking at the closing ceremony of the 52nd Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, said announced that more than 647,000 had joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community during the past year from all around the world.
The Annual event also known as Jalsa Salana of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, is a unique event that brings more than 35,000 participants from over 100 countries.
The event was to increase religious knowledge and promote a sense of peace and brotherhood among Ahmadi Muslims.
He announced that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was now established in 212 countries.
"This year, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been established in East Timor and Georgia for the first time," he added.
His Holiness spoke about the high moral values a true Muslim must aspire to, and said Muslims had a duty to ensure that they lived their lives according to the commandments of Allah the Almighty.
He said true Muslims should have various moral qualities and characteristics including modesty, generosity and the willingness to make financial sacrifices for the sake of Allah the Almighty.
Speaking on the importance of spending money on charity for the pleasure of Allah, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: “Allah the Almighty has given the glad tiding that by spending in His way, a person becomes the recipient of His bounties, and, with the grace of Allah, many members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have personal experience of this."
He said by spending in the way of Allah, one does not end up in a state of impoverishment, rather Allah grants comfort and ease to those who spend in His way.
His Holiness emphasised the need to guard against personal moral failure and weaknesses at all times.
The Spiritual Leader said such failing, harmed both the individual and the society at large, adding that, “If moral weaknesses and sins are not immediately arrested and continue to develop, they can greatly damage and weaken the society."
On spiritual and moral reformation, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: “It is a believer’s distinction that he stops others from evil and unnecessary speech.
“But before stopping others, it is necessary that he makes his own state so pure that he influences others towards righteousness."
His Holiness said one must also choose the appropriate time, place and way to guide others away from wrongdoing or sin and certainly, to stop others from evil was virtuous and if done in the right way was a favour.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: “For prayer to be accepted by Allah Almighty it is necessary to embody humility, to consider oneself as nothing, and to reach the pinnacle of meekness.”
His Holiness reminded the attendees to focus on sincere prayer and urged them to strive to derive long term benefits from the three days of spiritual rejuvenation experienced at the Jalsa Salana event.Read Full Story