Auckland, January 23, 2018
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community will conduct its annual ‘Jalsa Salana’ on January 26 and 27, 2018 at ‘Baitul Muqeet Mosque’ located at 20 Dalgety Drive in Wiri, South Auckland.
Started by the Community’s Founder Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as a small gathering of the Ahmadi Muslims in India more than 100 years ago, the annual convention is now held in several countries worldwide attracting thousands of guests from across the globe.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at New Zealand President Bashir Khan described ‘Jalsa Salana’ as a unique event in the history of his community.
“While its primary purpose remains to enhance the connection of man with his Creator, it also serves to bring our members together from across the country and beyond. This get-together of people from diverse backgrounds develops a sense of belonging and brotherhood that is unique to our community worldwide,” he said.
A special session to be held at 11 am on Saturday, January 27, 2018 will be open to guests from all faiths.
“The event thus forms part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community’s efforts to encourage dialogue and to increase understanding between all faith groups,” Mr Khan said.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) in Punjab, India, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans over 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 branch of this community was established in 1987. It is a registered charitable organisation and endeavors to be an active and integrated community within New Zealand society.
Photo Caption: Baitul Muqueet Mosque in Wiri, Manukau, where Jalsa Salana will be held.