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Jalsa Salana Australia 2006 Summary

On Tuesday the 11th of April 2006, the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba), Khalifatul Masih V set foot on Australian soil by the Grace of Almighty Allah, 17 years after the previous Khalifa, Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (ra) had visited Australia in 1989. He arrived at Masjid Bait-ul-Huda in Sydney early in the morning and was greeted with open arms and hearts by members of the Australian Jamaat.Atfal and Nasirat recited poems and waved flags of Australia and the Jamaat. They welcomed him and presented Huzur and his wife with bouquets of flowers.

On 14th April 2006, after the historic 22nd Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Australia was inaugurated with the flag hoisting ceremony, Huzur (aba) delivered the Friday sermon from the main gents' marquee. The first session commenced in the afternoon soon after in which several excellent speeches were delivered by various speakers. On the second day of the Jalsa there were two additional sessions (Session 1, Session 2) in which more speeches were given by speakers from various parts of the world.

Also on second day of the Jalsa, His Holiness addressed the Ahmadiyya women of Australia.Huzur's address covered important issues such as what an exemplary Ahmadiyya woman should be like. He talked about the roles and responsibilities of women as the maid servants of Allah. Silent prayer was led by His Holiness, and finally Huzur (aba) said "Assalaam-alaikum" (peace by with you) and made his way to the hall downstairs. A banquet was arranged so that guests from around Australia, including Hon. Philip Ruddock MP, Attorney General of Australia, had the opportunity to come and see how our community works with the special privilege of having our beloved Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) attending it as well.

On the 16th of April, 2006, the last day of the Jalsa, Huzur gave his final addresses to both the men and women in their respective marquees. The fourth and final session was held prior to Huzur’s final speech on the men’s side. Huzur (aba) ended his address by leading silent prayers. The attendance for this historic 22nd Jalsa Salana Australia was 1666, which included 96 International guests from all around the World.

After the completion of the 22nd Jalsa Salana Australia, Huzur laid the foundation stone for the Khilafat Centenary Hall. Huzur then went on a tour of Australia and visited several cities including Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide. In Canberra, Huzur had an afternoon tea reception with diplomats and several government officials.

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On the 25th of April, 2006 Huzur completed his visit of Australia and departed for Fiji.

Peace : Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih V
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