Auckland, January 20, 2019
Hundreds of Ahmadiyyas will gather at the South Auckland Mosque over the Auckland Anniversary weekend to celebrate the annual Ahmadiyya Convention or ‘Jalsa Salana.’
Established more than 100 years ago by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Founder of the Community in the small Indian village of Qadian, the ‘Jalsa Salana’ has become a worldwide event, celebrated by the Ahmadi Muslims in hundreds of countries.
This year’s convention will be the 30th consecutive annual event for the Ahmadi Muslims in New Zealand.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New Zealand President Bashir Khan said that the Islam’s alleged denial of basic human rights, especially to women and Non-Muslims is often highlighted in the media.
Investigating the truth
“We chose the theme for this year’s convention, ‘Islam and Human Rights,’ to investigate the truth behind the common misconception that Islam as a religion does not grant the same rights to everyone. Unfortunately, some Muslim governments because of their own political agendas, do not practice true Islamic teachings,” he said.
Mr Khan said that various restrictions on women in Saudi Arabia and the treatment of Non-Muslim minorities in some Muslim countries are factors to be considered.
“The Holy Quran goes into great detail about how the rights of all individuals are to be cherished, with special emphasis on women, granting them many basic rights such as the right to inherit, which were only given to them in the Western world well over a thousand years later,” Mr Khan said.
A special session will be held at 11 am on Saturday, January 16, 2019 with Ethnic Communities Minister Jenny Salesa as the Chief Guest. Open to members of all faiths, this programme will provide an opportunity for everyone to express their views, Mr Khan added.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) in Punjab, India, the Community exists in more than 210 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions.
Its motto of ‘Love for all and hatred for none’ is evidenced through the peaceful actions of its millions of followers.
The New Zealand Ahmadiyyas was established in 1987 as a registered charitable organisation. It endeavors to be an active and integrated community within New Zealand society.
Baitul Muqeet Mosque in South Auckland