Annual Convention on January 18, 2020 in Auckland
Auckland, December 24, 2019
Issues relating to Islam and Muslims in New Zealand are likely to form the core of the discussions at the annual convention of the Ahmadiyya community in Auckland next month.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at is organising the event under the broad theme of ‘Unity in Compassion’ at its Baitul Muqueet Mosque located at 20 Dalgety Drive in Wiri, Manukau City at 1130 am on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
Association National Secretary for External Affairs Eqbal Khan said that the forthcoming Convention, 31st in an annual series will be held over two days, the second of which will be open to all communities including the media.
The annual meeting is known among the Ahmadiyya community as ‘Jalsa Salana.’
“The Special Session will be an opportunity for the wider community to hear about some relevant topical issues facing the our nation today linked with Islam. The meeting will also hear how our Community is actively providing possible solutions,” he said.
Mr Khan said that the meeting is a part of the efforts of the Ahmadiyya community encourage dialogue and to increase understanding between all faith groups.
“The first event of this type was held in 1891 by the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Since then, our Communities throughout the world have held the annual conventions at their respective Centres and thousands of members and guests attend this noble event. It is customary for our community to invite external guests to share this occasion with us,” he said.
Mr Khan had earlier said that while its primary purpose remains to enhance the connection of man with his Creator, the Jalsa Salana also serves to bring together the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at 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.
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 endeavours to be an active and integrated community within New Zealand society.