Last Day of Australia’s Annual Convention – Ladies Venue
Sunday the 6th of October, 2013 marked the final day of the Annual Convention and the mood around the entire Women's Convention Area was somewhat downhearted and low, obviously due to the fact that it is last day of the Annual Convention. However, this did not deter members from arriving early in the morning for proceedings to start on time and for them to savour every moment and blessing they could from the Annual Convention.
The first session, started with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by a Nazm (poem) and two speeches. The second session consisted of an Award Distribution Ceremony for those Men and Boys who have achieved academic excellence and they were rewarded with medals presented by Huzur (aba). The concluding address then followed, which was given by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V (aba).
Jalsa Salana 2013 thus came to a close with a silent prayer led by His Holiness. At this point in time, emotions were running high and the audience all broke out in raising slogans in favour of Ahmadiyyat, Islam, the current Caliph and the Promised Messiah (as). Various Khuddam (Young Ahmadi Men) then began reciting a number of poems after which afternoon prayers were conducted. Following the prayers, for the first time in Australia, a collective initiation ceremony was held to initiate those members who wished to enter the fold of Ahmadiyyat. These converts took their initiation at the hands of Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V (aba).
After the official close of the Annual Connvention, lunch was then held. The Women’s Division of the Website Team meanwhile, were out and about amongst the general gathering to discover their feelings and experiences while attending the Annual Convention here in Australia. Many members and guests were talked to.
Whilst speaking to a guest named Mrs Fauzia Malik, it was found that she travelled all the way from Phoenix, Arizona in the USA to visit us here ‘down under’ and to attend the convention. Mrs Malik is also the Ahamdiyya Ladies Auxiliary Secretary for Spiritual Education in Phoenix and this is her first time attending an Australian Convention. Mrs Malik said that she can see the devotion of people here in Australia to their beloved Caliph and Jamat. When asked about how she finds Australia’s Annual Convention in comparison to those held in USA, Mrs Malik said that the USA Jamat is obviously more settled as it is an older Jamat and therefore she finds it refreshing to be amongst the devotion of such a young Jamat. She also mentioned that because it is a smaller, younger Jamat, it lacks in certain areas of Administration, however this will develop as the Jamat grows.
The next guest whom we had the privilege to speak to was Aumber Naheed Khan. Mrs Khan is originally from Pakistan and has been in Australia for 4 years now. She said that this is the first time she has ever seen a Caliph in person and that it was such an indescribable moment. Due to the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, they are not allowed to hold any Conventions or openly practise their faith. The Fourth Caliph, Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad left Pakistan as it became life threatening to remain in his homeland. Ever since, there has been no Caliph who has been able to visit Pakistan and the Ahmadis of Pakistan are thirsty for even a glimpse of their beloved Huzur. As such Mrs Khan said she feels so lucky and privileged to have been able to see and listen to Huzur (aba) in person and not just on TV. About the convention itself, Mrs Khan said it was wonderful being able to be part of such a large event, one that many of her family may never be able to experience.
It must be pointed out that the web team members found it a privilege to speak to these guests and thank them for taking their time out to speak to us.
Although the three day Annual Convention has finished, there are still a few events which will be conducted by Huzur(aba) such as Waqf-e-nau (The children of parents who have dedicated their lives to serve the community) classes and also the Young Girls classes. Stay tuned for details and photographs that will be posted on this website soon.
Many new and old friends have been met and it is time to once again say farewell until next year’s Gathering. With this we sign off. It has been a privilege and joy bringing you the highlights of this most extraordinary three-day Convention. God willing, we will meet again next year, till then we pray that may God keep you all in his safe Grace. Amen.
6th October 2013, 11.12pm
Embreen Khan- Website Team, Women’s Division