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Day Two - 26th of March 2005

Day Two - 26th of March 2005

 Gents Jalsa Gah | Lajna Jalsa Gah

Gents Jalsa Gah - 26th of March 2005

Second Session

The second day of the 21st Jalsa Salana began with Mubashir Ahmad Javed reciting the Holy Quran.

There were three speeches in this session all in Urdu, except for one.

First Speech

The first speech by Maulana Masood Ahmad Shahid. It was titled "Examples of good tarbiyat in children". It was an impressive speech and described the way Islam wants us to bring up our children. The speech also has few touching examples from the life of the Prophet.

Second Speech

Dr Omer Shahab Khan in Urdu, spoke about the life of the Promised Messiah (AS). He highlighted some of his defining characteristics - and with that an example to follow. It was a enlightening broadspectrum view offered of the life of Messiah as a role model.

Third Speech

The third speech also in Urdu was about the Waqfe Nau scheme by Maulana Qamar Dawood Khokhar. This speech was particularly touching to Hassaan as he has always wanted to be a Waqfe Nau but it was not around when he was at the right age. The speaker also talked about people who devoted their lives for religion in early Islam.

   Fourth Speech

The first speech in English was delivered by Dr Taseer Ahmad Bashir, our administrator of this website, he basically talked about the internet - the opportunities it creates for people with increased communication and access to information. And the new dangers that arise from it for children.

He suggested some measures to the parents to safeguard against the unhealthy effects of the net - particularly in the case of children who should inform their parents should anything untoward occur. The point was also made that the internet can significantly assist us to spread the message of Islam being more affordable and targeting wide spread audience.

It was pretty cold out there, and I had neglected to bring a jacket so I braced myself for a day indoors. However, it was time to go outdoors for the lunch in the dinning marquee. Hassaan and I discussed our further plans to cover Jalsa for the rest of the day. We both ate heartily. Verily, it was a good meal.

Third Session

Prayer time called and we then said our Namaz. After that, the third session began. It was chaired by Abdul Aziz Khan from Singapore.

The first item was a poem by Azher Rehan. He had actually written the poem himself, much to the surprise of everyone in the room. My urdu is so bad I didn't understand a word of what he was saying, but luckily Hassaan, having chosen Urdu as an elective in High School, was totally on the ball (actually he only understood the gist of it). The poem was in praise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

After this, there was another self-written poem - it was a poem which the author had written some time ago, and spoke as he tried to recall the correct wording. It was a poem that was praising God - it was a poem which was of the sort that said "I was nothing and you made me everything".

We thought it couldn't get any better when Jabar Mohammad came and recited yet another poem.

First Speech

Three poems later came an Urdu speech. The speech was about the Institution of wassiyyat. Following are the main points of speech.

  • It started with a revelation on Hazrat Messih Maood (AS) in 1898: A grave was shown to Him and was told that this was his grave. Its name was Bahishti Muqbra.
  • In 1905, Bahishti Maqbra was formed in Qadian.
  • Also the purpose of this Bahishti Muqbra was to form a common place for the grave of pious people in Jamat.
  • Furthermore, the speaker emphasised the importance of wassiyyat in combating the Dajjal of modern world.

Second Speech

The next speech was also in Urdu. It was presented by Athar Mahmood about the Institution of Khilafat. In summary, the speech posited:

  • God has promised Momeneen (Pious People) that like prior Prophets, God will chose a Caliph in Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) Ummat (followers).
  • The speaker explained the Blessings of Khilafat.
  • The expulsion of Khilafat was thought by the enemies of Ahmadiyyat to have destroyed it, but instead it led to the creation of MTA (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya).
  • In 2003, following the passing away of the Fourth Caliph, it was MTA which presented the news and provided courage in Ahmadis all around the world.
  • The speaker urged Ahmadis in Australia to contribute to MTA in two ways: Contributing a small sum of money, and/or introducing MTA to children and friends.

 

At 4:50, there was a fourth poem, this was also self written and about the early Ahmadis of Australia.

Academic Performance Awards

Finally, the awards ceremony which was organised by the Taleem (Education) Committee. There was a great list of achievers, but we would like to congratulate the following people who are of particular note:

High School achievers

  • Atiya-tul-ghalib who appears to have got the best academic result for the HSC (or equivalent) with a score of OP5 (top 5% of the state or roughly equal to a UAI of 95 in NSW terms), a scholarship at the University of Queensland and the State's Craig Emerson award.
  • Atiya-tul-ghalib who appears to have got the best academic result for the HSC (or equivalent) with a score of OP5 (top 5% of the state or roughly equal to a UAI of 95 in NSW terms), a scholarship at the University of Queensland and the State's Craig Emerson award.
  • Najmul Sahar who got 93.8 UAI.
  • Wajee Ahmad got the highest marks of the male candidature with 88 UAI.


    In terms of university graduates

  • Malik Imran completed a Masters Degree with an average score of 85%
  • Imran Bashir (Hassaan Bashir's brother), also graduated with a Masters in Computer Science, but his score is unknown.
  • Zeenat Habib proved most impressive graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws, and also a certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University (England).

 

It is time for us to sign off for today. Its time for Namaz and then dinner in the freezing cold. We look forward to it, and we look forward to writing about our experiences on the last day of Jalsa tomorrow.

Signing off Hassaan Bashir and Gulfam Ahmed
Correspondents, Ahmadiyya Australia website
Assalam-o-Alaikum wah Rehmatullah.


Lajna Jalsa Gah - 26th of March 2005

The second day is always the best day of Jalsa Salana. You get to be there from morning to night, so you get the pleasure of seeing the Jalsa in the sun light as well as in the beautiful moonlight.

Lajna Session

Today Lajna Imaillah had their own session that was held after lunch and went up until dinner time.

The session started off with the recitation of the Holy Quran that was recited by Mrs. Najma Shaheen .That was followed by a nazam by Mrs. Naheed Ahsan.

The first address

The opening address was done by the National Sadr Lajna, Mrs. Amtul Malik Najam. Sadr saheba firstly welcomed all members to this Annual Convention of 2005, ladies session. She then gave a speech which was focused on Pardah (veil).

She also spoke on the wives of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and companions, on how they followed and practiced pardah in all aspects of their lives and how pardah was no hindrance or barrier for them. She also expressed how these women participated in wars, helping the wounded and in learning and spreading the knowledge.

Second speech

The second speech was by Mrs. Aisha Khan, on her journey towards Islam. She talks about how she became an Ahmadi Muslim and how difficult it was to be accepted as an Ahmadi by her family.

She became a Muslim though marriage and was born and raised a Catholic, with her parents the president of the Tongan Catholic Community. Her parents did not approve of her marriage because of the religion and gave her an ultimatum to either choose between them or being a Muslim. She chose to remain an Ahmadi Muslim.

Alhamdollilah, everything turned out alright after praying to almighty Allah. They accepted her as a Muslim and have even come to visit our Mosque and see our Jamat a few times. This deep and meaningful speech by Mrs. Aisha Khan brought tears to ladies eyes and made us feel even prouder of being a part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Third Speech

That was followed by another speech by Mrs. Ainul Khan on the Islamic Concept of Motherhood. She tells, how peace and tranquility of children in the family depends on the relationship between the mother and father and the combined efforts of both, and how Islam has placed woman at a higher status then men because Islam recognizes the great role that women play in the upbringing of children.

 Poem and Nasirat Tarana

After the speeches there was a nazm by Miss Durr-e-Ajam, then a tarana by Nasirat Queensland followed by the awards distribution ceremony. And in conclusion there was the concluding remarks and Dua by National Sadr Lajna.

It has been a beautiful and wonderful day here down under at the 21st Annual Convention, but unfortunately tomorrow's the last day, but we'll make the most of it.

Usma Shah
Assistant News Editor (Lajna), Ahmadiyya Australia website
Reporting from Lajna Jalsa Gah