Tens of thousands of Ahmadi Muslims to gather in England to celebrate annual Jalsa
By Barfi Culture Team
4th August 2018

Around 30,000 Ahmadi Muslims from all over the world are expected to gather today in Hampshire, England, to celebrate their annual Jalsa.

Theologian Mustenser Qamar was among them, travelling over 18,000 km from Auckland, New Zealand, to attend the annual event. "On our way to London to meet my ailing mother and also join over 35k people for UK's largest annual Muslim convention & partake of the blessings of #JalsaUK inshaAllah," he tweeted.

The annual Jalsa Salana gives Ahmadis an opportunity to meet each other and hear from the head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.

The conference will discuss issues ranging from spirituality to the rise of extremism and Islamophobia. His message will also be broadcast to Ahmadis across the world.

He will say at the event: "No matter what terrorists may claim, under no circumstances are indiscriminate attacks or killings ever justified. Islam has enshrined the sanctity of human life in chapter 5, verse 33 of the Holy Quran, which states: 'Whosoever killed a person – it shall be as if he killed all mankind; and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind'."

Ahmadis attending the event have been tweeting about it too.

About Ahmadis

The Ahmadi movement originated in northern India (now Pakistan) near the end of the 19th century, and follows the teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835–1908), who claimed to be the divinely appointed promised Mahdi (Guided One).

Most Ahmadis are concentrated in Pakistan, an estimated 4 million, but are also spread out all over the world. In Pakistan they face violent persecution for expressing their faith or even identifying as Ahmadis.

Most contemporary Sunni Muslim schools of thought say Ahmadis cannot be Muslims as they don't accept that Prophet Mohammed was the final messenger for Muslims.
(Barfi Culture's editorial policy is to describe minority groups as they define themselves, and explain the dispute.)

The annual Jalsa is the largest such gathering of Muslims outside Mecca and Medina.

Volunteers converted a 200 acre farm into a tent city for the event.

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