Message From the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Worldwide on the Occasion of Ghana Jalsa Salana 2018
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Jalsa Salana (Urdu: جلسہ سالانہ; Annual Gathering) is the formal, annual gathering of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community initiated by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the community who claimed to be the Promised Messiah and Mahdi of the end days. Typically, the flag hoisting ceremony is used to identify its commencement. Although there is a central, international Jalsa attended by Ahmadis from across the world, many of the countries hold their own national jalsa, sometimes attended by the Khalifatul Masih.
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad intended to enable Ahmadi Muslims in specific and foreign masses in general to use the Jalsa Salana as an event for spiritual and moral advancement, beneficial social interaction and most importantly to increase personal relationship with God. The convention itself remains strictly under the financial and administrative control of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at.
The Purpose of Jalsa Salana
|“||The primary purpose of this Convention is to enable every sincere individual to personally experience religious benefits; They may enhance their knowledge and – due to their being blessed and enabled by Allah – The Exalted- their perception [ of Allah ] may progress. Among its secondary benefits is that this congregational meeting together will promote mutual introduction among all brothers, and it will strengthen the fraternal ties within this Community…||”|
|— Ishtihar 7 December 1892, Majmoo`ah Ishtiharat Vol. I, Page 340|
|“||It is essential for all those who can afford to undertake the journey, that they must come to attend this Convention which embodies many blessed objectives. They should disregard minor inconveniences in the cause of Allah and His prophet (peace be upon him.). Allah yields reward to the sincere persons at every step of their way, and no labour and hardship, undertaken in His way, ever goes to waste. I re-emphasize that you must not rank this convention in the same league as other, ordinary, human assemblies. This is a phenomenon that is based purely on the Divine Help, for propagation of Islam.||”|
|— Ishtihar 7 December 1892, Majmoo`ah Ishtiharat Vol. I, Page 341|
|“||I conclude with the prayer that everyone who travels for [attending] this Convention that is for the sake of Allah: May Allah, the Exalted, be with him, reward him in abundant measure, have mercy on him, ease up for him his circumstances of hardship and anxiety and eliminate his anguish and grief. May He grant him freedom from every single hardship and lay open for him the ways of [achieving] his cherished goals, and raise him up, on the day of Judgment, among those of His servants who are the recipients of His blessings and Mercy. May He be their Guardian in their absence until after their journey comes to an end. O Allah! O Sublime One and Bestower of bounties, the Ever Merciful and One Who Resolves all problems, do grant all these prayers, and grant us Victory over our opponents with scintillating signs, because You alone have all the prowess and power. Ameen! Ameen!!||”|
|— Ishtihar 7 December 1892, Majmoo`ah Ishtiharat Vol. I, Page 342|
Jalsa Salana Ghana was previously held at Saltpond for many years. It is a few kilometers from CapeCoast. Since 2008, Jalsa Salana Ghana is held on a site known as “Bagh-e-Ahmad” (the Garden of Ahmad) spread over 400 acres (1.6 km2) around 60 km from the capital, Accra. The Convention was attended by the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad on two occasions; 2004 followed by 2008. In 2008, as in 2004, the Caliph toured many countries of West Africa. However, the tour in 2008 was distinctively known as the ‘Khilafat Centenary’ tour, for the reason that 100 years have passed by 2008 since the first inception of Caliphate in Ahmadiyya. In the Jalsa, some of the highlights of the Caliph’s several addresses included his love and bond with the Ghanaian Jamaat; the devotion of the Ghanaian Jamaat towards the Khalifatul Masih; the importance of the development of truth and forbearance of every Ahmadi and the refutation of the allegation that Islam was spread by the sword. Moreover, in 2008, in attendance, among many of the distinguished guests was the President of Ghana, John Kufuor in which he congratulated the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community on its Centenary celebrations and referred to the Caliph as a brother, friend and teacher to the people of Ghana. Many participants were reported to have travelled long distances from many of the surrounding countries, some in difficult conditions by bicycle or foot. Tens of thousands of Ahmadis participated on both occasions including 50,000 women in 2008.
Over the years, the Jalsa Salana has developed to become central to the community’s major events all around the world. Whereas the initial venue remained in Qadian, India for many years, as the community became international in its scope, such conventions also began to be held across the world. Although there is a Central or International Jalsa attended by Ahmadis worldwide, currently held in the United Kingdom where the Khalifatuh Masih resides, many countries hold their own National Jalsa, often attended by the Khalifatul Masih.
Jalsa Salana Ghana was previously held at Saltpond for many years. It is a few kilometers from Cape Coast. Since 2008, Jalsa Salana Ghana is held on a site known as “Bagh-e-Ahmad” (the Garden of Ahmad) spread over 400 acres (1.6 km2) around 60 km from the capital, Accra.
The 3-day Ghana Jalsa Salana begins on a Thursday and ends on Saturday. Each day’s event begins with a Flag-Hoisting Ceremony. The Majlis Khuddam-ul Ahmadiyya, mounts colourful Guard of Honour ceremonies each day before the hoisting of the Jamaat and Ghana Flags by the Ameer and the President of Ghana or his representatives respectively.
The President of Ghana or his representative usually attends the opening session on Thursday while other government officials, politicians, traditional authorities, religious leaders and heads of key state institutions are invited for the morning sessions.
After the opening session which see several invited distinguished Non-Ahmadi guests give short speeches, the program continues with several speeches on spiritual and moral concepts by the Ameer and Islamic Scholars of the Jamaat during the three-day Convention. The most important part of this event is the performance of five daily prayers in congregation.
All the participants are hosted at Bagh-e-Ahmad and nearby Guest Houses acquired for some foreign guests.
The annual convention also has auxiliary facilities like exhibitions, medical counselling, book shops and market where many things are available for sale.
The 2016 Ghana Jalsa Salana will be held from 7th to 9th January 2016 at Bagh-e-Ahmad, near Winneba Junction in the Central Region of Ghana.
This is no ordinary gathering. There are many benefits of the Jalsa to the participants. Members should utilize this opportunity to renew their personal faith and spirituality, meet and establish friendship with other members of the community, welcome new members into the fold of the community and remember those who have passed away in the previous year and pray for them.
Jalsa participants should:
- Constantly pray for the success of the Jalsa.
- Offer Salat in congregation at designated times.
- Observe proper mosque etiquette when in the prayer area.
- Listen quietly during recitation of the Holy Quran.
- Pray for safe travel of all members to and from Jalsa
- Not waste time in idle gossip but spend spare time in remembering Allah.
- Under the security arrangements, every member should carry his/her Jamā‘at identity card during all the sessions of the Jalsa and other events. The card must be presented on demand.
- Front rows of the hall should be filled first so that the members coming afterward don’t have to go all the way to the front rows as it is against the etiquettes and also creates disturbance.
- Cooperate with volunteer on duty to help you park in appropriate spaces.
- Notify security about any suspicious characters not wearing a badge.
- Not disturb others by talking among yourselves during the formal sessions.
- Visit to stalls during Jalsa proceedings should be strictly avoided by the members.
- Attend Jalsa sessions in marquees at proper times.
- Register as soon as you come to Jalsa and put on your name badge.
- Those who require permit for Green Area (area near stage) or for chairs must get permits from Nāzim Permit in advance.
- Be courteous to fellow attendees of the Jalsa.
- Show respect to your elders and act in a kind manner to those younger than you.
- We should display discipline by making rows straight, remaining silent and attentive.
- Cell phones should be switched off during Jalsa session.
- Members must observe punctuality in attending the Jalsa. They must arrive before the start of each session. Please arrive at the Jalsagah well in time.
- Unnecessary movement should be avoided during the proceedings, as it creates lot of disturbance for other audience.
- Not visit the dining tent or stalls during formal sessions.
- Not waste food and keep the dining area clean.
- Keep the bathrooms clean and report any non-functional bathrooms ASAP.
- Try to portray the true and beautiful image of the Jamaat to outsiders, especially our neighbors.
- Wear Islamic clothing. Men and women should cover their heads.
- Women must observe Purdah and men must observe “Ghaz-e-Basr”(lowering of the eyes).
- Men should not crowd near the women’s entrance.
- Families should fix their meeting points beforehand to avoid crowding in these areas.
- Make sure that children as well as teenagers are at their best behavior.
- Mothers should come prepared and bring formula, supplies and diapers etc for their infants.
For any enquiries about the Jalsa, contact the following;
- AFSAR JALSA SALANA – ALHAJJ ABDUR-RAHMAN ENNIN (+233 244 324 632)
- NAIB AFSAR JALSA SALANA – ALHAJJ ABDUL-WAHAB ISSAH (+233 243 333 196)
- GENERAL AFFAIRS SECRETARY – MR. YUSUF ABU WUBEY (+233 203 225 724)
- SECREATRY – ALHAJJ ISMAIL ADAM (+233 208 220 708)
General enquiries about Ghana Jama’at;
- Telephone: +233 302 776 845
- Fax: +233 302 772 593
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org