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Friday Sermon: Blessings of Jalsa Salana UK 2017

 It is due to the immense Grace and Beneficence of Allah the Almighty that last week the Jalsa Salana UK [Annual Convention] of Ahmadiyya Community concluded safely. During all the three days of Jalsa Salana, we observed scenes of the Grace and blessings of Allah the Almighty nd every participant felt that the Help and blessings of Allah the Almighty were continually being sent down. Thus, no matter how much we give thanks to Allah the Almighty for this, it cannot be sufficient. True gratitude can only be offered, if we constantly endeavour to seek the pleasure of Allah the Almighty. The Holy Prophet(sa) said that one who is not grateful to people, is not grateful to Allah the Almighty either. Thus, due to this, all participants should be grateful to the workers who performed Jalsa duty. Likewise, the workers, should also be grateful to Allah the Almighty in every way, for Allah the Almighty enabled them to serve the guests of the Promised Messiah(as), guests, who had come for the sake of the faith and guests who had come to gain religious knowledge. Everyone from young children to the old served with exceptional sincerity. Likewise, the participants also took part in the Jalsa quietly, without spreading any restlessness or evil and benefitted from the programmes. Such a practical example presents a very awe-inspiring sight for a worldly person. The guests, who came from outside [the Community] have also been expressing their views. I will now present a few of their views, which they expressed after experiencing the atmosphere. They stated openly that if this is the teaching of Islam then this teaching ought to be spread in the world.

The former foreign minister of Benin and advisor of the president, Maryam Boni Jialo Sahiba, who is currently the advisor and a senior minister writes: "through this Jalsa I was able to understand the Ahmadiyya Jama'at in greater depth. I am greatly impressed by the management of the Jalsa. Everyone sacrificed their own comfort and was ready to provide comfort and ease to others. I will never in my life be able to forget the smiling faces, which found happiness in serving other guests. She says that women have been given a great status and only through this can a healthy and peaceful society be established.

Then, a member of the parliament of Guatemala, Iliena Calles expressed her feelings by saying that participating in the Jalsa was a very unique and astonishing experience. She says that the scene of volunteers serving thousands of guests was astonishing. She also mentioned the address to the ladies; the status of women and the mention of paradise lying under the feet of mothers and women. She further says that in comparison to the men's marquee, I felt greater comfort, ease and freedom in the ladies' marquee.

Similarly, Sergio Moya, a professor of the National University of Costa Rica, attended the Jalsa. He states "I have witnessed a new picture of Islam through this Jalsa. I have seen a community of Muslims that is exemplary in mutual love and affection who present a practical depiction of their faith.

Then Doglas Monteroso sahib, advisor to the member parliament of Costa Rica, says: "I heard the speeches delivered by the Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community with utmost focus and attention. I was very much impressed by his advice that when one forgives his enemies and prays for them, his heart is cleansed from enmity and malice."

Joseph Pierrer Duplan, the representative of the President of Haiti says: Every single person was demonstrating simplicity and patience. There was an aura of brotherhood in the atmosphere." He then states: "I am not a religious person but after attending this Jalsa and meeting with the Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community my heart concludes that if there is to be a true religion, then it is Islam and Ahmadiyyat."

Zoucomore Sahib, president of the human rights commission in Burkina Faso, also attended the Jalsa. He states "I have heard addresses of many religious leaders. They speak as if they are the only people treading on the right path and play with people's emotions. However, I heard the address of the Imam of Jama'at-e-Ahmadiyya with utmost attention. The focal point of all the speeches was establishment of world peace. And this is the teaching…" He says "that can lead to the establishment of world peace. And we can defeat terrorism and injustice."

Similarly, there was a lady named Katrina Celjak sahiba in the Croatian delegation. She states "Previously I was a nun at a church, but now I am in search of the truth." She further states "the Jalsa environment, the exhibitions here, and other information about the Jama'at has enlightened my mind. I sense that my journey in search of the truth will reach its destination soon."

An International Business Management student was also part of the delegation from Croatia. He says that he was very impressed with the love and dedication of the organization of the Jalsa.

An elderly couple came from Croatia last year, who were Muslims also attended this year too and they said to me in our private meeting that "last year we attended as normal Muslims and this year we are attending as Ahmadi Muslims." Hence, there is a great bounty of God Almighty in the Jalsa, as people take Bai'ats as well.

A congressman of the Philippines, Salvador Belaro Junior attended the Jalsa. He says that "it was an eye-opening experience for me from which I have had the opportunity to learn a lot. The most pleasing thing for me was that the members of the community meet each other with the utmost love and courtesy and strive to help one another as much as possible... Read Full Summary