The 3rd and final day of the 23rd Annual convention commenced once again with Tahajjud prayers at 4:10am. This was followed by Fajr prayers and a ‘dars’ (short talk) given by Maulana Masood Ahmad Shahid.
The sun had come out for the first time in 3 days on the morning of the 8th of April 2007 after two days of overcast and cloudy conditions, which was a positive change. With the sun shining and the temperature warming up, the 4th session of the Annual Convention commenced at 10:06am. This session was chaired by Musa Bin Masran and it started with the recitation of the Holy Quran and translation by Muzaffar Ahmad Mirza. Mohammad Shafiq then delivered a nazm quite delightfully, with the audience completely engrossed in the melodious tone.
Speech 1: Service to Humanity
Next in the program was a line of four knowledgeable speeches in English. The first one was delivered on the topic of ‘Service to Humanity.’ by Syed Tariq Ahmad, who is also News Editor of this website. He highlighted various verses of the Holy Quran that mentioned the service to humanity as a religious duty for all Muslims. A number of sayings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and writings of the Promised Messiah (as) were also pointed out to stress the importance of serving mankind. Finally, the services carried out by the Ahmadiyya Community around the World for humanitarian causes were described in detail.
Speech 2: Misconceptions of Islam
The 2nd speech was made by Imran Karim Ahsan Mirza on the ‘Misconceptions of Islam.’ This was a very in-depth speech covering a wide range of Islamic teachings that portrayed the true image of Islam. A tea break was taken here by everyone to refresh the minds and come back to another two interesting and informative speeches.
Speech 3: Women in Islam
Dr. Omar Shahab Khan re-started the session after the short break with a speech on ‘Women in Islam.’ The speaker outlined the high status given to women in Islam in detail by quoting verses from the Holy Quran, Hadeeth and writings of the Promised Messiah (as).
Final Speech: Journey of Christianity
The final speech of this session was presented by Chaudhry Khalid Saifullah, which was on the topic of ‘Journey of Christianity.’ This speech, rich in information clearly explained how the religion of Christianity has changed over the centuries, with the speaker mentioning various quotes from the Bible to prove the argument. A few announcements were made and the session came to an end at 12:45pm with the audience surely taking away a vast deal of knowledge from the four brilliant speeches.
Views from Guests
There were a number of guests from outside the Ahmadiyya Community present at the mosque during this 4th session of the Jalsa Salana. Dr. C. Munoz-Ferrada was of them who had come with his wife and two kids. He has been in Australia 36 years and is the Director of Medical and Scientific Research with his specialised field in science being medical physics. We came to find out that this was his first visit to many mosque and upon asking his impressions of the mosque and the Convention in general, he replied by saying that it was a very interesting experience for him and he was impressed with the dedication shown by the members of our Community.
Another guest was Herman Roborgh, a Christian Catholic priest. Originally from New Zealand, Herman has always been interested in inter-faith dialogue. He did a PhD in Islamic studies from the Aligarh Muslim University in India and also lived in Pakistan for 8 years. This would explain the fact that he could speak Urdu very fluently. He was impressed with the mosque and the Jalsa proceedings and was very surprised to see such a strong Jamaat present in Australia.
Lunch & Prayers
Lunch was served to everyone at 1:00pm with a special dining section separated for the guests with vegetarian and non-spicy food available. The sun at this time was playing hide and seek but thankfully the rain was still keeping away. After lunch, Zuhr and Asar prayers were offered in congregation.
The 5th and final session of the 23rd Annual Convention was chaired by the National Ameer and Missionary In-Charge of the Ahmadiyya Community of Australia, Maulana Mahmood Ahmad. It began with the recitation and translation of the Holy Quran by Rana Ejaz Ahmad. The Jalsa Gah at this time was packed and there were people seated right up to the entrance doors. Saqib Mahmood Atif then delivered a nazm in the most beautiful manner.
Finally, Ameer Sahib presented the concluding speech of the Jalsa Salana. The main theme of his speech was Khilafat and its blessings. He explained the establishment of divine institution of Khilafat by quoting various parts of the book, ‘The Will.’ He then reminded the audience that the institution of Khilafat would be celebrating 100 years in 2008 and the Australian Ahmadiyya Community has taken the following actions to commemorate this:
- Construction of the Khilafat Centenary Hall in Sydney.
- 7.5 acres land with a two story building bought in Melbourne for new center accommodating almost 3000 persons.
- Construction of a guesthouse in Qadian with all costs to be covered by the Australian Jamaat.
Ameer Sahib then brought the attention of the audience to ensure that they paid their promises for the Khilafat Centenary by the 30th of December 2007. Next, he mentioned the figures and numbers of the people in the Community already part of the scheme of Wasiyyat in every state across Australia. He further continued on the Khilafat theme, by stating that the Khilafat needed true followers who are totally obedient. He pointed out that the Khalifa is a living representative of God the Almighty and if one strengthens his bond with Khalifa, he strengthens his bond with Allah.
In conclusion, Ameer Sahib prayed that the members of the Community gain all the blessings of Khilafat. He thanked Dr. Mohammed Shorab, National President Ahmadiyya Community of New Zealand and his family for attending the Jalsa Salana and accepting his invitation. He also thanked all the attendants of the Jalsa, the guests and the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this Annual Convention a great success. Silent prayers led by Ameer Sahib at 3:15pm concluded the Jalsa Salana for this year.
The attendance for this year’s Annual Convention was 868 persons. Compared to last year’s Jalsa the attendance was down, but this was due to the fact that in 2006 the visit of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) had obviously made a massive difference. Nonetheless, this year the Convention was still a huge success with the Grace of Almighty Allah. However, with next year being the Khilafat Centenary year, only bigger and better things can be anticipated with Allah’s Grace and Blessings.
News Team reporting
Day 3 - Ladies
Sunday the 8th of April marked the final day of the Annual Convention. The proceedings began with the recitation of the Holy Quran, this was followed by a poem and a combination of speeches. This was followed by lunch where a number of people gave their thoughts and experiences of this three day event.
There were an abundance of guests that were being looked after by the hospitality and guests team. They were shown the mosque and also various parts of the exhibition. As part of our curiosity we set out to discover what our guests were feeling about their experiences here in Australia at this annual convention. After speaking to them, we created a great bond through which a new friendship was also made.
Whilst speaking to a guest named Maria Ahmad, it was found that she traveled all the way from England to visit us here ‘down under’ and to attend the convention. She also had the opportunity to be here for a family wedding. Maria came to familiar surroundings of loved ones and found it to be an enjoyable experience. She thought it to be a ‘fun, informative and a unique learning experience which helped to strengthen her faith.’ This was Maria’s first Jalsa in Australia and ‘she absolutely loved it.’
The next guest whom we had the privilege to speak to was Mariam Konadu Agyemang. Mariam is originally from Ghana and has been in Australia for 4 years now. She came all the way from South Australia to attend this event. Mariam said she ‘enjoyed the event thoroughly as it was less crowded then the Annual conventions in Africa’. She further stated ‘that she enjoyed making new friends and learnt a lot from the proceedings.’
It must be pointed out that the web team members found it a privilege to speak to these guests and thank them for taking their time out to speak to us.
Prayers were offered and there was a final speech by the Missionary In charge, Mr. Mahmood Ahmad, as reported above. The session was concluded with silent prayers, where emotions were high as it was the final day of the event. Friends had been made and now it was time to leave until next year, which will be eagerly anticipated since we desire that our beloved Caliph will once again enrich us with his presence.
Reported by News Team - Ladies & Families
Ahmadiyya Australia Technical Team Signs off at 01.08am (AEST) - Please remember the web team in your kindest prayers who worked tirelessly to bring this Jalsa to you. Photo galleries and detailed interviews with the guests will also be published online soon.
(God Bless you)
( - 08.04.07)