The 2nd day of the 24th Annual Convention began like the first day with overcast conditions and a light drizzle present in the air.
The session was chaired by Nasir Mohammad Kahlon and began at 10:15am with the recitation and translation of the Holy Quran by Saadat Ahmad Fayyaz. A nazm was then delivered by Parwarish Hussein. Then a sequence of speeches were delivered, which were all informative and interesting in their own way.
Speech 1: Life of Hadhrat Usman (ra)
The first speech was presented by Dr. Omar Shahab Khan in English on the life of Hazrat Usman (ra). Hazrat Usman (ra) was known for his generosity, hence was called ‘Ghani.’ Modesty was his prominent trait and was one of the ’10 blessed ones’ who were promised Paradise by the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). The Islamic Empire expanded under his Khilafat as well as the Holy Quran being compiled under his supervision. However, the last 6 years of his Khilafat were passed in chaos due to the conflict caused by Abdullah Bin Saba, who was a converted Muslim but a Jew at heart. He wanted to destroy the institution of Khilafat by deceiving, spreading rumours and dividing simple Muslims. After serving Islam valiantly for all his life, Hazrat Usman (ra) was martyred by the supporters of Abdullah Bin Saba at the age of 82 years however the mission of khilafat contimued by the grace of Allah..
Speech 2: Life of Hadhrat Ali (ra)
The second speaker was Mujeeb Ur Rehman Sanori and his topic was the life of Hazrat Ali (ra). This speech was presented in Urdu and highlighted the life, personal traits and achievements of Hazrat Ali (ra). He had a very similar personality to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and had accepted Islam at the age of 10. He also supported and advised all the 3 previous Khalifas before him.
To break up the line of speeches, Saqib Mahmood Atif delivered a beautiful poem in the most melodious tone.
Speech 3: Importance of Wasiyyat
The next speaker was Maulana Masood Ahmad Shahid and he talked about the importance of Wasiyyat in Urdu. He pointed out that the institution of Khilafat and the institution of Wasiyyat go hand-in-hand. The speaker stressed that joining this blessed institution of Wasiyyat would make the spiritually weak members of the Community into strong ones and that they would be blessed by God in ways they would have never imagined. The institution of Wasiyyat will one day remove all the problems in the World through the funds the scheme raises and through the spiritual reformation of the members who are part of the scheme.
Speech 4: Centenary Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya
The fourth speech of the day was by Dr. Tasir Ahmad Bashir in English on the topic of Centenary Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya. 100 years of Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyya are being celebrated this year in 2008 by all the Jamaats around the World. As the secretary of the Centenary Committee in Australia, the speaker highlighted the programs lined up for the Jamaat in Australia, including various spiritual programs, Wasiyyat exams, essay writing competition, distributing souvenirs and gifts, MTA documentaries, large scale Khilafat Day, humanitarian programs, Mushaira, Khuddam tour to New Zealand and Fiji, Centenary banquets and a publication of a Khilafat Centenary Magazine. Finally, he elucidated the 4 main building projects undertaken to celebrate the Khilafat Centenary, which includes the Adelaide Mosque, the Jamaat Centre in Melbourne, the guest house being built in Qadian and the Khilafat Centenary Hall built in Sydney, of which the foundation stone was laid by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) by the Grace of Allah.
Final Speech: Concept of Zakat
The final speech for this session was presented by Ramzan Sharif in English on the concept of Zakat. This important pillar of Islam is a means to provide the due share to the poorer members of the society as well as a means to cleanse and purify one’s soul. Zakat is levied on one’s savings and the funds can be used for various things, without making the person in need feel bad or humiliated. Salat and Zakat are mentioned together in the Holy Quran a number of times. The institution of Zakat avoids the accumulation of wealth in the hands of the rich and circulates the money among the society. One should always look at people who are less privileged than themselves and try their best to help them. The speaker quoted various verses from the Holy Quran explaining the concept and importance of Zakat as well as mentioning a few hadeeth and sayings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in relation to the same topic.This final speech brought an end to this session at 12:35pm.
Lunch, Majlis-e-Shura and Prayers
Lunch was served after this and then Zuhr/Asr prayers were offered in congregation. Majlis-e-Shura commenced following this, while the rest of the participants of the Jalsa had an opportunity to mingle and socialise with each other. At the same time, Lajna held their own session in the Ladies Jalsa Gah. There was break in the Majlis-e-Shura for Maghrib/Isha prayers and dinner before it continued and finally brought an end to the second day of the 24th Jalsa Salana.
Syed Tariq Ahmad & Manzoor Ahmad Khan reporting
Ahmadiyya Australia News Team
Saturday the 22nd of March 2008, the second day of Jalsa Salana, Annual Convention, greeted us with more rain, but spirits were still as high as the day before. The first session of the day began with the recitation of the Holy Quran, along with poems and speeches.
After Lunch and prayers, the Ladies session started. The ladies were very excited about this session as all the speakers and participants were members from their own auxiliary, Lajna Imaillah Australia. The session began with a recitation of the Holy Quran by Sister Uzma Naheed and was proceeded by a Nazm, (poem) by Sisters Farhana Ahmadi and Sabeeha Yakub.
Speech 1: Concept behind Bai'at
Sister Rashida Munir, who attended this blessed event all the way from Adelaide, delivered the first speech of the day. She spoke about the main concept behind Bai’at and how we, as Ahmadi Muslims, can reflect this in our day-to-day lives.
Speech 2: Responsibilities of Mothers towards strengthening Khilafat
The next speech to be presented was by sister Abida Mubashir from Brisbane. She spoke on the responsibilities of mothers towards strengthening Khilafat. A very interesting point she raised was that a woman is the mould that shapes the coming generations; therefore mothers need to establish their own excellent morals in order to be proper role models for their children. In this way their children’s actions will also be good and the blessings of Khilafat will always shield them.
Following this, the Nasirat from Sydney presented a medley of Nazms (poems). Their melodious voiced resonated through the entire Jalsa Gah (Convention Complex) and was enjoyed by everyone.
Speech 3: Humantarian Efforts and acitivites by Promised Messiah and his Caliphs
Sister Kaukab Nasir from Melbourne then presented a brief overview on the humanitarian efforts and activities carried out by the founder of Ahmadiyyat, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) and his five Caliphs.
Speech 4: Sadr Lajna Closing Address
The National President of Lajna Imaillah. the Women’s Auxiliary Mrs. Tamseela Saleh, then addressed the members. She focused on the blessings of Khilafat and her message to the entire Ladies body Australia wide is as follows:
“May the celebration of 100 years of Khilafat bring a revolution in our spiritual lives that would make us worthy of calling ourselves from amongst those who will be the inheritors of Gods blessings that he promised to the Promised Messiah (as).
Academic and exhibition awards were then handed out to members, who had achieved excellence during the year. The session was then concluded with a silent prayer.
During the course of the day, the web team set out to interview guests about their feelings towards and experiences about this years Annual Convention. One of our new converts, Sister Denise Ahmad from Canberra, attended this blessed Convention for the first time. She stated that this event for her is most enjoyable while also being spiritually enhancing in many areas.
The web team will, Inshallah, bring you more guest interviews in tomorrows bulletin, so stay tuned.
Reported by:Embreen Khan,Ayesha Rashid Khan &Tooba Khan :
News Team - Ladies & Families
Signing off Ahmadiyya Australia Technical Team at 10.33pm - See you again tomorrow with the proceedings of Day 3
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