Friday Sermon: Blessings of MTA Intl: Jalsa Salana Germany 2017: 1st September 2017


Allah is the Greatest,
Allah is the Greatest I bear witness that there is none
worthy of worship except Allah I bear witness that Muhammad
(saw) is the Messenger of Allah. Come to Prayer Come to success Allah is the Greatest,
Allah is the Greatest. There is none worthy of
worship except Allah. Peace be upon you I bear witness that there is none
worthy of worship except Allah He is alone and has no partner and I bear witness that Muhammad
(saw) is His Servant and Messenger After this I seek refuge with
Allah from Satan the accursed. In the name of Allah, the
Gracious, the Merciful. All praise belongs to Allah,
Lord of all the worlds. The Gracious, the Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee alone do we worship and
Thee alone do we implore for help. Guide us in the right path The path of those on whom Thou
hast bestowed Thy blessings, those who have not
incurred Thy displeasure, and those who have not gone astray. It is through His Grace
that Allah the Almighty has united the Ahmadi’s around the world
through MTA, and made us so well-informed that now there is no need to wait
for a certain period of time for the magazines and newspapers of the
community to be published in order to hear about the tours of the Khalifa, as well as
about Jama’at events and other news. Rather, every news reaches instantly
and every event is watched as it unfolds. In fact, sometimes, the listeners instantly send
their views and express their sentiments regarding the proceedings of the Jalsas and their
atmosphere, during the [live] programmes. Nevertheless, as everyone is aware, Jalsa
Salana Germany took place recently. People wrote to me regarding that too. Often people write about programmes
from various other places and countries. In particular, wherever I travel to,
people specially express their views regarding that particular place [or
event] with varying sentiments. One expresses gratitude to Allah the Almighty and
praises Him for granting this blessing [of MTA], through this means it has united the Community
of the Promised Messiah (as) as one entity. He has vouchsafed the physical means for a beautiful sight of [Jama’at members]
being beaded into one string [of pearls]. Thus, whereas on the one hand, we should
be grateful to Allah the Almighty for this, on the other hand, we should also
be thankful to the workers of MTA, which include volunteers
as well as full-time staff. These people are behind the cameras or work in the transmission rooms
or are occupied with other tasks. A multitude of workers spend effort on
producing and transmitting each programme. Some among them are those who are
visibly sat in the studios, as well as others. In addition to them, there are some workers, who,
whenever I go on a tour, go along from here, taking with them their
equipment for the uplink etc. Then, the volunteers and staff of the countries
where events take place also work alongside them. There is a team of such volunteers
and regular staff in Germany, who produce various
programmes of interest. May Allah the Almighty
reward all of them. And this is also what
people write in their letters, that ‘may Allah the Almighty bless the workers of
MTA’ and they offer their sentiments of gratitude. Likewise, there are workers, engaged
in various [other] departments, who render their services at
Jalsa on a voluntary basis. They serve the guests
incessantly, night and day. In larger countries, their number
has reached thousands, which includes men, women, young
boys and girls as well as children. They work with such a spirit, which, in this era,
is only visible in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a glimpse of which, we saw a few weeks
ago, here in the UK Annual Convention and now we have seen the same outline
at the Jalsa Salana in Germany. Thus, all participants should be thankful
to these volunteers, who – as I always say work with a passion for the sake of
Allah the Almighty while being selfless. The actions of these workers serve as
a means of silent tabligh [preaching] for the non-Ahmadi or non-Muslim guests. Regarding the programmes of Jalsa that are
broadcast on MTA, people send their comments. They benefit from those
programmes and enjoy them. However, the impressions and feelings of
the attendees from outside the Community and the expression of their sentiments upon
[witnessing] the service of the workers, is neither shown nor reported during the Jalsa
days nor is it at all possible to somehow know it. These workers, in addition to [performing]
their duties, are serving as silent missionaries. Neither the screen of MTA reports this [aspect]
nor can the presenters do justice to this [task]. Likewise, the attendees of Jalsa also leave a good
impression on the guests through their conduct. The guests later indicate towards this. Thus, it is incumbent that this aspect of
effects and impressions of Jalsa Salana also be presented before people. And I present it for this purpose that
the Ahmadis, living around the world, may also come to know as to how
the influences at Jalsa Salana have an exceptional effect on the
attendees from outside the Community and so that the attendees and workers may also
know as to how their behaviours silently bring the attendees from outside the Community
closer to the beautiful teaching of Islam. In this regard, I shall now present the
impressions of guests from various countries, so that this aspect of the blessings of
Jalsa may also come before us and we may be given another opportunity
to be grateful to Allah the Almighty and we may pay attention to further
reforming our condition. A Muslim guest of Arab origin, Khalid Miaz
Sahib, who works with the Red Cross, attended Jalsa Salana Germany this year. Expressing his sentiments, he says: “When I would hear my
non-Muslim friends criticise Islam, “I would be unable to defend Islam due to
the mutual dislike and disputes of Muslims. “However, today during this Jalsa, having
seen the collective as well as individual “peace, love and unity of your Jama’at
and having witnessed in the members, “the sentiment of love and obedience towards
the Khalifa, my head has been lifted with pride “that I have witnessed a Jama’at with my own
eyes, the members of which are peaceful “and whose gatherings
are well organised.” “By quoting your example with great
confidence to my non-Muslim friends, “I can now respond to their
allegations against Islam.” Then, a German friend, Michael
Fetscher Sahib attended Jalsa. He says, “Prior to attending Jalsa, I
frequently read in the newspapers “that Ahmadis are peace-loving people. “However, in my heart I would think that
many other people also claim to be peaceful. “After coming here, I have witnessed with my own
eyes that the testimony of the claim of peace, “followed by its practical example
can only be found in this Jalsa, “where people are personally spending
their time in peace and love and “are also welcoming other participants. “It is astonishing to see such a
vast gathering with such peace. “On other occasions, even if five hundred men
gather together, there is bound to be a quarrel. “Having attended the Jalsa and having
witnessed this peaceful environment of yours, “I testify to your claim of peace.” Then, a German lady by
the name Merasi Ogala, who is in regular contact
with the Jama’at, witnessed the programme of the Bai’at
[pledge of allegiance ceremony] during Jalsa. She says, “Almost all of my questions have
been answered and solved one by one. “I now believe that I will not attend
the Jalsa much longer as a guest. “Rather, it is my desire to personally
do Bai’at and enter the Jama’at.” A lady by the name Maria Jose, who
is originally from South America but is currently a student in Berlin
and has come here to study, expressed her sentiments by saying: “I was completely unaware of Islam
or Ahmadiyyat prior to this [event]. “I was informed about the Jama’at through
the wife of the missionary in Paraguay. “I found out that a Jalsa of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at
is held in Germany, hence, I came to attend. “After coming here, I was amazed to see
people of so many nations, races and colours “living together with such unity “and experiencing an atmosphere of
peace and comfort in every direction. “Every person is content.
No one has any fear. “Participating in such a peaceful
gathering is a new experience for me. “It is my desire to return to Berlin and contact
the mosque of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at “and to further strengthen my
relationship with this Jama’at. “My heart felt comfort
by being around you!” Then, three ladies from Macedonia working for
a social welfare organisation were present. One of them says that “many Muslims
live in our surrounding in Macedonia. “However, this kind of Islam and
such a social demonstration thereof “proved to exceed our expectation. “We have witnessed your members,
your teachings and your leadership and we will return with the awareness of being able to
introduce your Jama’at to the Muslims there.” She says that “this Jama’at and its Jalsas
serve as an example for other Muslims. “Furthermore, such a peaceful teaching
and such an organised Jama’at “is capable of representing
Muslims at an international level. “On this occasion we came here
on the invitation of another person. “However, we hope to bring
guests with us in the future “and to personally introduce the
Jama’at to the Muslims of Macedonia.” Thus, this is how Allah the Exalted
opens avenues for Tabligh. A Christian guest from Latvia by the
name May Kalar Sahib was present. He is a student and is interested in
researching into different religions. He says: “I am deeply
interested in religions and “due to this very reason have I
read the teachings of your Jama’at “and am now seeing its
practical demonstration. “I find your teachings and your
conduct positive and attractive. “I have felt a spiritual devotion
in the participants of Jalsa.” The spiritual devotion that
is felt by these guests should not be temporary only for the days
of Jalsa, rather it is the responsibility of the Ahmadis that participate in the
Jalsa to make this their permanent trait. A lady journalist from Latvia called Augustine
Sahiba, whilst expressing her impressions wrote “for the past six months I have been
working on a project with regards “to the various sects within Islam. “I also went to Istanbul in this regard
and met with various Islamic sects there. “However, having seen the Imam
of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at here, “I do not have the words to express the state
of my heart. During our meeting I asked him (i.e. she asked me what is the solution
for radicalism and extremism). “He gave a complete answer to this
difficult question in merely two words “by saying that the
solution to these problems “is to provide adequate education and
upbringing and to teach Islam correctly.” She says that “Certainly, proper
understanding is the solution to these issues.” The true servant of the Holy Prophet (saw) has
granted us the awareness of this knowledge and he has shared this teaching with us. Therefore, every Ahmadi should not only
take pride about such impressions of others, rather, we should consistently strive
to improve our practical conditions. Professor Loli Diaz sahiba from
Qurtuba University, Latvia, attended the Jalsa and
shared her impressions. She wrote, “I attended such a vast
Muslim gathering for the first in my life. “To see the Imam of the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community for the first time “was a unique experience for me and I will always
remember that feeling for the rest of my life. “My words do not render
justice to my emotions. “It is my belief that this Jam’aat
and the Khalifah of this Jama’at “are completely different from other Muslims
and I sense this difference within me.” Every Ahmadi who was present at
Jalsa left an impression upon her. 46 members of the Bosnian delegation
attended the Jalsa this year out of which 18 were Ahmadis and the remaining approximately 28
were being introduced to the community. One of the guests, Yasmin sahiba,
who is also president of an NGO and was introduced to the Jama’at
recently, attended the Jalsa. She drove alone in her car for
1200km in order to get here. She says “I was astonished to see
the immense Jalsa arrangements “and wondered what kind of people they are? I did
not notice any flaws in the Jalsa arrangements.” Hence, this is the result of the
service rendered by the volunteers and it does nothing
but impress outsiders. Then [there was] a guest named Nijaat sahib who
is from the Bosnian Roman Catholic Community. He is a famous politician,
well-known intellectual, and also the councilor
of the city of Totla. He says “The Jalsa arrangements
were executed very well. “Prior to my attendance at the Jalsa,
I had never been to a similar event. “This Jalsa was a learning
curve for me in various ways. “After witnessing the sincerity of the volunteers,
I concluded that they have very strong faith “and the conformity in their words and
actions was the secret behind their progress. “And the main thing that developed this condition
within them was their connection with Khilafat.” When these people attend [our events] the
negative concept of Khilafat in their minds and the fear that it causes
are both dispelled. Therefore, every Ahmadi worker should strive
to maintain and preserve these impressions. Mahir sahib, a non-Ahmadi guest, attended the
Jalsa with his wife on their personal expenditure. He says that “The way guests are treated
here and the love shown to the people here, “I say this genuinely that if they
tell us to sleep on the floor “and offer us only dry bread to eat,
even then we will have no complaints. “The reason being that the love
and affection we found here “cannot be matched
anywhere in the world.” Diyana sahiba, a Bosnian
guest, also attended the Jalsa. She is a nurse by profession and is connected
to the Jama’at through another family. She attends Jamat’s programmes
along with her husband and son. She also cooperates a lot
in Jama’at related events. She traveled to the Jalsa with her husband and
parents whilst bearing the travel expenses. She says that “All the Jalsa
arrangements were executed perfectly. “After watching these sincere
workers we felt ashamed “for they were enduring
such difficulty for our sake.” The Jalsa atmosphere left a very
positive impression on Ameer sahib, a guest who attended the
Jalsa for the very first time. He says “Upon my return I
shall convey the message “that I cannot render in words about
what my heart felt during the Jalsa. “These things can only be experienced “and for this reason everyone should spend
a few days with this heavenly community in order to obtain conviction
about the true heaven.” Those amongst us who create some
issues, who fight and develop grievances, such people should be ashamed after
listening to the impressions and discussions of [these non-Jama’at] guests and they should
always treat each other with love and affection. This year a delegation from Bulgaria comprising
of 52 people attended the Jalsa in Germany. Among them 20 were Ahmadis
and 32 were non-Ahmadis. They travelled for approximately
32 hours by bus to reach Germany. The delegation included
businessmen, lawyers, lecturers, students as well as people
from ordinary walks of life. One of the ladies, Aisy Nowas, said: “This is the first time I
have attended the Jalsa. “I had heard a lot about the Jalsa
from the Ahmadis in Bulgaria. “Here, people from different nations
were all gathered in one place. “Every one of them was meeting one
another with respect and love at the Jalsa. “If one wants to make a change in their
life then they need to attend the Jalsa. “I have learnt a great deal from here. I would
particularly like to mention two things. “Firstly, one is taught
the love of God here and “secondly people are taught to
love and respect one another.” Bulgaria is also among the countries
whose registration has been cancelled and the opposition from the non-Ahmadi
Ulema [clerics] is at its peak. As a result, the government
is also influenced by them, therefore pray for the Jama’at in
Bulgaria so that may Allah the Almighty improve their circumstances and
the Jama’at can be re-registered and we can openly preach and that may Allah the Almighty enable them
to once again conduct Jama’at activities. A guest from the Bulgarian
delegation, Fafkwanal Sahib, said: “It is the first time I have
attended such a blessed Jalsa. “It is difficult to
describe this in words “but I have learnt that it is only
Ahmadis who truly teach about peace “and show respect and wish
to make the world heaven-like. “One can truly acquire the spiritual
light of life; a light which grants life. “I will now for the rest
of my life inform people that Ahmadiyyat is the true Islam which is
striving to establish peace in the world.” He also said: “I request for prayers.” Then, Dee Moro Aaf, a guest from this
delegation addressed me and said “Your address in which ‘love for mankind
was mentioned’ was very impressive.” Similarly he says “I really loved it when
children would serve water to me “and speak to me in a very loving manner. “The future of a nation whose
children are like this is safe.” Then Mrs Dessilaya Sahiba,
a psychology lecturer says “This is the first time I have participated
in the Jalsa. This Jalsa is a miracle. “You receive love, peace and respect here
and I did not witness a single argument. “Everyone was taking care of each other and
greeting one another with smiles on their faces. “I have specific dietary requirements “and from among 1,000 of guests I was served
food according to my dietary requirements. “When I fell ill, I was
immediately given medication. “There was no VIP and everyone was equal. “I was then very impressed
by the Friday sermon. “To love mankind, conceal the
faults of others, help one another, “not display someone’s errors in front
of others but to instead pray for them “are such teachings which were
mentioned by His Holiness, “which made me contemplate if only the
whole world could hear his voice today. “If they wish to tread the right path
then they must listen to such voices “and observe his teachings.” A young man of Guinea
Bissau, Abu Bakr Sahib, who is pursuing a Masters degree in public
security in a university in Portugal stated: “the security arrangements which I saw
in the Jalsa were completely unique. “To take care of a gathering of 40,000, without
the help of the police is no insignificant feat. “To take care of such a large
assembly is difficult even for a state. “There are always some kind of incidents
of altercations and disturbances. “I did not see a single police
officer here at the Jalsa, “but despite that I did not
see a single person fighting, “rather everyone seemed to be
filled with love and brotherhood. “This really left an
impression on my heart.” A delegation of 65 people from Macedonia
came and participated in the Jalsa. A large number of them
travelled by bus for 42 hours, covering a distance of
approximately 2,000 km. Among them were five journalists
of four different TV stations. Three were representatives
of regional TV stations while one journalist belonged
to a national TV station. During the Jalsa the journalists
carried out their recordings and took interviews
from different people. A further 28 journalists also met me. They said that they will
make a documentary and show the recorded footage and the
entire interview they had conducted. Among them 32 were Christian, 23 were
Ahmadis and ten were non-Ahmadis. On the last day one of them
took the oath of allegiance. A guest came from the Macedonian
city of Berovo, Belagista Trenchoska who is a lawyer by profession said “this
is the first time I am attending this Jalsa. “The entire organisation of the event
was outstanding I did not see any flaws.” She told me “the speeches
left a deep effect on me “and that I learnt from the speech that
Islam actually means peace and not war. “In reality Islam teaches the people
important fundamental matters “as to how to establish a healthy,
peaceful society and bring it into practice. “Islam always teaches to
do good and abandon evil. “This is a teaching which if we act upon, “then the world will become a cradle
of peace and love without war.” She then says “Whatever you said about the rights
of women I understand to be a very good teaching. “Women are responsible for the
education and upbringing of children “and their role is very
important in this matter.” Then, summarising the speech
on women’s rights, she said “In short I will only say
that you mentioned that “it is the responsibility of a
woman to look after the nest “while the man is the one
who protects the nest. “I believe that the husband is the head
of a family, while the wife is the neck. “Neither can survive without the other. “The Bai’at ceremony deeply impressed me
and it felt as if time had come to a standstill. “There were people everywhere and they did
not want to be deprived of these moments. “All the paths were in one direction leading
to where the Head of the Community was. “At that moment, outside the Jalsa
hall resembled a barren desert “and nobody could be
seen visible outside.” Nevertheless, I do have a few grievances. The Germany Jamaat members
should not be overly pleased. God Almighty did cover up our weaknesses, however the Tarbiyyat department
needs to keep this in mind that outside the Jalsa Gah should
become like a desert in reality. The reason is that I received some complaints
that there were people walking around outside during the Jalsa proceedings
and MTA continued to show them. Even though it is a good thing
that they showed the reality, more focus should be on the
event during the proceedings. Owing to MTA, at the very least many people
will have been made aware of this shortcoming. “The aforementioned lady says “I learnt a
great deal about Islam throughout the Jalsa. “It may be that the words be forgotten, but my
depiction of Islam now will always remain.” A female guest from Macedonia,
who is a television reporter says “The Jalsa has guided me
to new aspect of Islam. “There was a time when even the
word ‘Islam’ would be unlawful for me, “but now I have been given
a new introduction to Islam. “As a journalist I am very grateful
to you for this new experience. “I will take these impressions
back with me to Macedonia “and my meeting with His Holiness (she met
with me also) had a very positive effect on me. “What you say is very true, that
if you wish to understand Islam “then you should learn about it
directly from the Holy Quran. “Such ridicule should not be made with the true
Islam which is expressed by people nowadays. “In the end I wish to say “that I was completely satisfied with all the
answers of the Head of the Community “and he guided me to new directions and horizons
and I have now seen the true picture of Islam.” Then another Macedonian TV
reporter, Saler Roteski Sahib says “this is the first time I have participated in
such a meeting. All this was new to me. “I have learnt a lot about Muslims. The
workers of the Jalsa did not seem tired at all (the behaviour of the workers was very strange
to him as they did not seem weary at all). “I was very amazed to see so
many people gather in one place “and everyone was completing their
own tasks and no one had any issues. “I am very pleased to have
been among these people “and some of them have become
my friends and friends are a wealth. “After this Jalsa I felt as if I
had become very wealthy.” Another TV reporter from
Macedonia, Rodne Deloska says “As a journalist, the Jalsa
is a new experience for me. “Any new international event
is important to journalists. “I feel very lucky to have witnessed this
Jalsa live and to have learnt about it. “All the arrangements of the
Jalsa really impressed me. “I have learnt many new things
about Islam after this Jalsa. “I took interviews of those
who accepted Islam. “When I return to Macedonia I shall make
a documentary of all these recordings “and spread this message to
the people of Macedonia.” A guest from Lithuania by the name Agosti
Sahib says “I felt as if I was in my home. “Your community comes from different corners
of the world to gather here for a short while “and there is an air of
devotion all around. “For a foreigner like me it
is absolutely astonishing “and it is like a completely
different world. “I am very happy to have had the opportunity to
witness different cultures and backgrounds, “religions, traditions, to eat and
drink and many other things. “For you Ahmadi people
to tackle the difficulties “every single day for a grand
purpose is very praiseworthy. “Your teachings are correct and
there is a universality about it.” A guest from Lithuania says “To witness the community from up
close has been a real pleasure for me “because previously I knew
nothing about Muslims. “I have learnt a lot from this Jalsa and now I
will be able to live my life as best as I can. “The teachings of this faith have proved
beneficial to me in becoming a better person. I have been treated very well here.” Thus, the non-Ahmadis also feel a change
within them after attending [the Jalsa]. Therefore, we Ahmadis, for
whom the Jalsa is organised for, how much of an effort are we required to make in
order bring about a change within ourselves? He further adds: “I felt as if I was the only guest and everyone
else was taking care of my comfort. “I am highly appreciative of this.” Another guest from
Lithuania, Mrs Angreda, said: “This is my first time attending this event and I
was truly astonished to see so many people. “There were people from different faiths
and cultures that were all gathered together “and everyone was helping one another. “I was also truly amazed and astonished at
how beautifully the event was organised “and after listening to the proceedings “and meeting the Khalifa has further increased
my interest to learn about the community. “I will certainly read
your literature because “after listening to the addresses by the
Head of the community, I have realised that “whatever was said was rational. “I had a very good experience and
now I shall await for the next Jalsa.” However, she did have a suggestion for
Germany’s administration. She said: “I believe that various programmes and exhibitions
were organised during the session intervals “and in order to improve this more
information should be given about them “so that a larger number
of people can visit them.” Similarly, a delegation consisting
of 18 people attended from Kosovo in which one was a non-Ahmadi and
the rest of the 17 were Ahmadis. A guest from Estonia,
Laura Sahiba states: “I am extremely impressed with
the organisation of the Jalsa. “It seems as if the administration had thought
about every possible situation from before. “There was a solution to every
need and difficulty that arose. “As a guest I was treated with utmost respect
and every need of mine was taken care of. “I generally found the atmosphere
of the Jalsa to be excellent. “The attendees of the Jalsa
were very peaceful and helpful. “I am very happy that I had the
opportunity to meet so many good people “who were relating their experiences with
the community in a very passionate manner. “I listened to the speeches of the Jalsa “and especially derived great pleasure from
listening to the addresses of the Head of “the community which was in
relation to the current affairs. “The message of the addresses was very clear
and with a new thinking and understanding “which I shall be taking back with me. “The concluding address of the Head of the
community compels one to ponder over many things “and this left a deep impression on me
and it was truly an impactful experience.” A delegation comprising of 48
people attended from Albania. 19 among them were Ahmadis and
29 were non-Ahmadi Albanians. They travelled for 43 hours. Among them were two
representatives from the government; one of these was the Chairmen of
the State Committee Owna Kalts. Similarly, a delegation of 20 people
attended the Jalsa from Hungary; 11 were Ahmadis and the
rest were non-Ahmadis. A guest, Agiya Yaas Sahiba,
who is originally from Armenia and is very renowned for her social
work in her town, Gyor, in Hungary. She is also the spokesperson of the cabinet
for the Armenian minority in the country. One of the missionaries in Hungary says: “In the evening after the Jalsa
had concluded she said, ‘I am walking in the midst of 1,000
of Muslims without any fear. ‘Everyone here is
civilised, courteous and ‘adheres to the rules and is
respectful towards women. ‘The media claims that migrants,
particularly the Muslims, ‘ill-treat people from other
faiths and also women, ‘but they should come here and
witness how courteous they are.’ She further said: “A
little boy came to me “and did not ask who I am or where I have come
from but simply put a glass of water before me. “When I had drank the water from it,
another child came from behind him and took the empty glass from me. Here, the elders
as well as the children are ambassadors of love.” Later, when she was told about
the total attendance, she said: “The Christians should have
attended ten times more in number “and should learn how to respect
one another in a civilised society.” Another guest from Hungary, Mr Gaber
Thomas, while expressing his sentiments said: “The religious atmosphere, peace,
humanity and brotherhood witnessed here “and the opportunity to derive benefit from it
cannot be found anywhere else in the world. “I have worked as a priest in America for a
very long time and have travelled the world “but I have never witnessed
such a sight before. “Ahmadis are extremely
fortunate that they have a leader “who loves the Ahmadis and
guides them in everything. “After having attended the Jalsa I feel
my faith has greatly strengthened.” He further said: “Your community is growing day by day and
we Christians are decreasing by the day. “Our churches are becoming empty and
when I asked the Head of the community, “he also said that materialism is
increasing and spirituality is diminishing, “hence all this is happening.” He also said: “We have to tell the world
that we have one God “and it is only by believing in Him that we
can establish peace.” He quoted me here. A Syrian friend, Akram
Domani Sahib, said: “I was introduced to the
community almost one month ago. “I was present in one of
the gatherings of Ahmadis “and there I learnt about
Ahmadiyyat for the first time. “I then attended the
Jalsa with my family. “People were very nice
and hospitable here “and spoke about the beliefs of the community
in a very loving and affectionate manner. “One of the things which I
consider to be a miracle is that “despite such a large number
of people in attendance “there was not a single instance of any
fighting or altercation in all three days. “In fact, even during Hajj people sometimes
argue and quarrel with one another, “however here I didn’t notice anyone speaking
even in a loud tone to another person. “Another thing which I
consider to be a miracle is that “Ahmadis look at women guests with
a sense of brotherhood and respect. “My wife also told me that not once
did anyone look at her with ill intent.” Osama Abu Muhammad Halbi said: “Despite such a large number of
people in attendance at the Jalsa, “the organisation of the event was excellent
and for the purpose of safety and security “all measures were taken and
despite such a large number, “the volunteers offered
an exemplary service. “Our Ahmadi brothers served
us in the most excellent manner “in providing food and accommodation. “Indeed, it is evidently clear that we find
truth in every word and action of theirs “which is non-existent in
many other sects of Islam. “Although I am not an Ahmadi, but I must
say that I have to commend all your efforts.” A Syrian friend from Poland,
Mahmood Sahib, said: “After listening to the address of the
Head of the Ahmadiyya community, “my heart is filled with emotions
of great joy and happiness. “In one single address, he presented the
solution for all of the world’s problems.” He further said: “He told us how peace can be
established among the different countries “and provided its solution in
light of the Islamic teachings. “As a result of this I have begun
to take pride in being a Muslim.” Another guest, Boi Migar Sahib, said: “The Head of the Ahmadiyya community spoke
about the importance of understanding one another “and exchanging views and this is
something that the world is need of today. “His words have forced me to ponder over
the current state of affairs in the world. “By quoting verses from the Holy Quran, he
proved that Islam is not a religion of extremism. “He also told us that
the Holy Prophet (saw) “was such a person that would
even forgive his enemies.” He further said: “After listening to the address of the
Khalifa, I have realised for the first time “what Islam really is. Islam is a
religion of love and affection. “Islam is certainly not like the
one the media has portrayed.” In Germany, for the past two or three years
the Bai’at ceremony has been taking place. From those attending the Jalsa, 33
people from eleven different countries had the opportunity to
perform the Bai’at ceremony. They originated from Albania, The
Gambia, Ghana, Germany, Iraq, Yemen, Morroco, Palestine, Syria,
Turkey and Lithuania. Namees Abdul Jaleel Sahiba
from Estonia was also present and had the opportunity
to perform the Bai’at. She said: “I am of Palestinian origin
and married to an Estonian youth. “I am attending the Jalsa
Salana for the second time. “After the first time I
attended the Jalsa “I returned home with a lot
of doubts and reservations. “However, during this Jalsa I prayed fervently
for God Almighty to guide me the right path “and if the Ahmadiyya Community “is the correct way to spend ones life,
then may God guide me towards it. “As a result of the satisfaction
that God Almighty granted me, “I performed the Bai’at
the following day. “I consider myself very fortunate that “countless people at the Jalsa
prayed for me to become an Ahmadi. “I listened to all the
speeches last year, “however this year I had the opportunity to
listen attentively to the entire proceedings. “Consequently, God Almighty instilled
the truth of Ahmadiyyat in my heart “and assured me that this is the true
Jamaat. Thus, I performed Bai’at.” She further adds: “I have never seen such
unity and brotherhood amongst the women “as I have seen here. “I met women from various countries,
many of whom I may never meet again. “Nevertheless I will always
remember them in my prayers. “It is my belief that becoming an
Ahmadi and joining the community “was part of the Will of God Almighty.” Thus, these were the sentiments of some
of the guests that I have presented. By the Grace of Allah the Almighty, the Jalsa
becomes the source of opening people’s hearts and as well as removing peoples
doubts and reservations, it also presents the
true picture of Islam. May Allah the Almighty continuously
spread these blessings. With regards to the media coverage, on the first day, a press conference
took place after the Friday Prayers, in which national and international
media outlets were present. The international media outlets included television and newspaper representatives from:
Italy, Macedonia, Austria, Brazil and Belgium. From among the German national outlets four television channels were present
as well as three press media outlets. From the local media outlets NTV Radio channel
and three other print outlets were present. According to the reports the coverage of the
three days, through the collective media outlets; including five television
channels, three radio channels, and 61 newspaper and
other print media outlets; the message of the Jalsa Salana
reached more than 59,200,000 people. Furthermore, the coverage by
International media outlets that is expected to be
broadcast in the coming week – according to the media representatives
– is expected to reach a viewership of 41,300,000. Similarly, the coverage
of Jalsa Salana Germany was shown using the alislam [www.alislam.org]
website and with the help of MTA German studios. They also uploaded the press release from
the Central Press & Media department. The Jalsa was also covered
widely on social media. This included: Facebook, which had four
posts that were viewed by 420,000 people and 36,000 likes and comments. In addition to this on twitter 536,000 people saw
the Jalsa tweets and 5,800 retweeted about Jalsa. Thus, these were some of the sentiments
of various guests that attended the Jalsa. However, there were certain
shortcomings which I will briefly mention. I have already mentioned one earlier in
that people were wandering outside. For this the Tarbiyyat department
should work to ensure that people do not wander around
aimlessly during the proceedings. The sound system did not function properly,
especially during the Friday Sermon. In addition to this there
were some technical issues, although they were resolved
later and it improved. Germany Jamaat should work
to improve in this department. Then there were some complaints that there was too much audible interference
in the in-ear translation devices. This should also be rectified. Similarly, due to an
unanticipated amount of guests, almost 400 guests were
left without mattresses. Although, this is not a
grave issue, nevertheless, Germany Jamaat should make
better provisions for the future. Some people have also complained about
a lack of discipline inside the Jalsa Gah. This needs to be addressed. One reason for this is that one of the machines
of the cooling system for the hall broke down. As a result of this the temperature
inside the hall increased. However, even here during the
Jalsa Salana UK inside the marquee the temperature is quite high, yet
people remain seated quietly. Therefore, this is not an excuse and the Tarbiyyat Department should
work particularly in this regard. They should remind the
Ahmadis all year round. Nevertheless, with regards to these
shortcomings I have mentioned a few. They should also ponder over their own
deficiencies and work to improve on this. Similarly, there were complaints
about a shortage of food. On the first day the quantity
of food was insufficient with respect to the number of attendees. Nonetheless, this issue should have
been resolved by the following day, however this was not the case and the saalan
[meat curry] continued to be insufficient. In the end daal [curry made of lentils]
had to be made on an emergency basis and this continued to happen. Many people were only
served this as a result. They should focus their attention on this matter
and ensure adequate planning is made beforehand. May Allah grant all of the workers to strive
towards improvement for the future. During this tour there was also
a mosque opening ceremony. By the Grace of Allah this had a
positive impact on the guests and they unequivocally
expressed their opinion that this Islam should spread
throughout Germany. This ceremony also
received wide publicity; representatives of two television channels
and two newspapers were present and through these outlets the message of
the true Islam reached 1.65 million people. May Allah enable the Germany Jamaat to work towards spreading the message of
Islam in a greater capacity in the future, and further enable them to build upon
the coverage they have received. All praise is due to Allah. We laud Him, we beseech help
from Him and ask His protection; we confide in Him, we trust Him alone and we seek protection against
the evils and mischief of our souls and from the bad results of our deeds. Whomsoever He guides on the
right path, none can misguide him; and whosoever He declares misled,
none can guide him onto the right path. And we bear witness that none deserves
to be worshipped except Allah. We bear witness that Muhammad
is His servant and Messenger. O servants of Allah! May
Allah be merciful to you. Verily, Allah commands you to act with
justice, to confer benefits upon each other and to do good to others as
one does to one ‘s kindred and forbids evil which
pertain to your own selves and evils which affect others and prohibits
revolts against a lawful authority. He warns you against being unmindful. You remember Allah; He
too will remember you; call Him and He will make
a response to your call. And verily divine remembrance
is the highest virtue.

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