The 2nd day of the 25th National Jalsa Salana, which was the 11th of April 2009 commenced like the first day with Tahajjud prayers at 4:20am followed by Fajr prayers and Dars-Ul-Quran. Breakfast was served for everyone after this.
The 2nd session of the Jalsa Salana began at 10:15am. This was chaired by Nasir Kahlon, Naib Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Community of Australia. Rana Ejaz started the session with the recitation and translation of the Holy Quran followed by a poem by the Promised Messiah (as) read by Mohammed Shafiq. Mirza Imran Ahsan Karim presented the translation of the nazm in English.
Speech 1: Islam's Response to the issue of Socio - Economic Peace
The first speech of the session was delivered by Dr. Riaz Akbar in English on the topic ‘Islam’s response to the issues of socio-economic peace.’ This very in-depth and informative speech began with the speaker going through the history of the monetary systems present in the economy. The speaker moved on to point out that gap between the rich and the poor is ever widening. He stressed that only Allah has the absolute ownership of the resources in this World. He backed this point by quoting various verses of the Holy Quran. The rights of the needy have to be fulfilled as well. This point was also supported by various Quranic verses. According to Islam, service to humanity, equality and fairness should be part of the system of any economy. Dr. Akbar proceeded to talk about interest and usury, where he highlighted that these two evils are the major cause of economic distress. The debts of many nations are getting out of hand with the compounding interest increasing ten-fold. Wealth is a strong entity; if human beings use it carefully they will win prosperity and happiness. However, if used wrongly, it will cause distress and destruction. Finally, Dr. Akbar ended his speech by briefly touching on a recent Friday Sermon of the current global head of the Ahmadiyya Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba) on how Allah is ‘Razzaq’ (Provider).
Speech 2: Commonalities of Revealed Religions
The next speech was done by Khalid Saifullah in English on the ‘commonalities of revealed religions.’ He mentioned that Prophets were sent to all nations of the World. The common teachings were to pray and worship God. There are many similarities among different religions, due to one Divine source. Cooperation among religions is essential to promote peace and harmony. The speaker discussed the commonalities between Islam, Christianity and Sikhism and ended his speech by highlighting that creating brotherhood is vital and the Ahmadiyya Jammat’s motto, ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’ defines this in a nutshell.
One of the guests attending this session of the Jalsa was a regular visitor to the mosque, Councillor Cathy Collins of the Blacktown City Council. She paid respect to the Dharruk (Aboriginal) land where the mosque was located and then on behalf of the Mayor of the City of Blacktown, she thanked the Ahmadiyya Community for the invitation and mentioned that she always learnt something new when she came to the Mosque. She commended the Ahmadiyya Community for taking part in the Clean Up Australia Day and their involvement in Humanity First as well as congratulating the Australian Jamaat for holding their 25th Jalsa Salana. She encouraged the Ahmadi youth to take part in the ‘Youth Ambassador Program’ and a ‘Safety Forum’ coming up in June 2009 on multi-cultural issues.
Speech 3: MTA - Blessings of Allah
Dr. Omar Shahab Khan was the next speaker and he spoke in English on ‘MTA – Blessings of Allah’ with the help of a slide show presentation displayed on a projector screen for the audience. He initially gave a brief introduction of the Ahmadiyya Movement and then highlighted the social and humanitarian causes that the Ahmadiyya Community participates in, in Australia as well as around the World. He further talked about a few prominent Ahmadis and then moved on to elaborating various prophecies from the Holy Quran, from the Holy Bible, from the Holy Prophet (PBUH), from the Promised Messiah (as) and from Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmood Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih II on the modern communications systems and MTA. Muslim Television Ahmadiyya is now broadcasted globally in 12 languages seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with all the work remarkably done by volunteers. The speaker ended his talk by quoting a few comments by viewers of MTA, specifically the persecutors of the Ahmadis who surprisingly had positive things to say on MTA and the Arab listeners.
After this session of spiritual knowledge-gathering, members of the Ahmadiyya Community who had recently gathered knowledge academically, received awards from the Jamaat. This was announced by Idress Khan and the awards were presented by Nasir Kahlon. The awards included students who excelled in their HSC and other students who graduated with various degrees and diplomas with a distinction average or above.
Next, Dr. Omar Shahab Khan announced a number of aqiqas for which lunch was going to be served for everyone. He requested for special prayers for the new born children and for their families. The list is as follows:
- Arslan Ahmad, son of Mr. and Mrs. Manzoor Qadir Khan from Adelaide
- Dilshad Ahmad, son of Mr. and Mrs. Muhammad Nawaz from Adelaide
- Tanzeel Ahmad, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tariq Mahmood Ahmad from Majlis Bait-Ul-Huda, Sydney
- Aman Nasir Ahmedi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Javed Ahmedi from Majlis Bait-Ul-Huda, Sydney
- Rayan Ahmed, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mustafa Ahmad from Majlis Al-Sadaqat, Sydney
- Jaazba Mahmood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Usman Mahmood from Majlis Al-Noor, Sydney
This brought an end to this session at 12:15pm.
Lunch and Prayers
Lunch was served for everyone at 1pm followed by Zuhr / Asr prayers at 2pm. There were a few Councillors and other guests from outside the Ahmadiyya Community who had joined the Annual Convention for the 2nd session and lunch. Among them, were Geoff Buchthal and his wife Daniela. Geoff was born in Australia and this was his first visit to the Bait-Ul-Huda Mosque. He was quite impressed with the mosque and mentioned that the teachings of the Ahmadiyya Community were similar to the other religions of the World.
There were also a number of Ahmadi guests present at the Jalsa Salana from overseas. One of them was Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad Choudhary, who had travelled to Australia from the United States of America for the first time. He is the current Sadr Jamaat of the New Jersey Jamaat. He was among the first batch of doctors that were instructed to go to West Africa from Pakistan in 1971 by the then Khalifatul Masih IIIrd, Mirza Nasir Ahmad under the Nusrat Jahan Scheme. Dr. Choudhary has also translated the Homeopathy book written by Khalifatul Masih IV, Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (ra). He mentioned that he had been to a number of Jalsas around the World, including UK, USA and Canada, with this Australian Jalsa being of great standard and comparable to the rest of the Jalsas in the World.
The third session was chaired by Khalid Saifullah Khan, Naib Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Community of Australia. The session began at 2:45pm with the recitation and translation of the Holy Quran by Naik Mohammed. Next, a poem was read together by two brothers, Jalal and Qadar Ahmad. They had the audience in a trance with their voices and such was the passion in their voices coupled with the meaning of the poem, that many among the audience were in tears with their hearts filled with emotion.
Speech 1: Allah's Support for Khiafat
The first speech in this session was by Mudassir Mahmood in Urdu on ‘Allah’s support for Khilafat.’ He highlighted that the Ahmadiyya Jamaat is the only Jamaat in the World which is blessed with the institution of Khilafat. He relayed instances where enemies of Ahmadiyyat have tried to end the Khilafat, but all have failed miserably. He stressed that the system of Khilafat cannot be ended by any human force.
Speech 2: Institution of Khilafat
The next speaker was Manzoor Qadir Khan and he spoke in Urdu on the ‘Institution of Khilafat.’ After the demise of the Khilafat-e-Rashideen, it was reinvigorated in 1908 with Khilafat-e-Ahmadiyyat. The speaker pointed out that the Khalifa is chosen by God and cannot be attained as a result of inheritance. He brought attention to Huzur’s (aba) advice that every Ahmadi needs to be ready to make sacrifices for the protection of the institution of Khilafat.
Speech 3: Persecution of Ahmadis
The final speech of the session was delivered by Mirza Imran Ahsan Karim in English on the topic, ‘Persecution of Ahmadis – A sign of truth.’ He initially mentioned that Muslims were persecuted for 23 years in the early years of Islam. By showing great levels of mercy, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) forgave all his enemies, even those who actively persecuted him and his companions. In every century, true followers of Islam have been condemned and persecuted. The harsh treatment of Ahmadis in some nations around the World has many similarities with the persecution of the Prophets and their true followers, hence proving the truthfulness of the Ahmadi faith.
Majlis-e-Shura and Prayers
This brought an end to the session at 4:30pm, where after Majlis-e-Shoora got back together at 5pm, while the other members of the Community found time to socialise and catch up with each other. Maghrib / Isha prayers and dinner followed to bring a close to a long and successful second day of this blessed Convention.
News Reported By: Gents Team
Ahmadiyya Australia Web News Team
Saturday the 11th of April 2009, the second day of Jalsa Salana, Annual Convention, greeted us with overcast humid weather, but neither this nor the overflowing car park deterred convention goers from attending this extraordinary event. The first session of the day began with the recitation of the Holy Quran, along with poems and speeches from both Jamaat members and various dignitaries.
During lunch, the website team visited the various marquees in the Lajna Convention Complex:
This Marquee consisted of various stalls from each branch of Lajna Imaillah Australia displaying and selling items, which had been made or gathered over the year. Clothes, jewelry, decoration pieces, toys and plants were only a few of the items available for sale and the stalls were open throughout the day. There was a great buzz in the marquee as ladies were admiring all the wares for sale. A most enjoyable area indeed.
VIP Guests, the elderly and the physically impaired could be found conversing and enjoying most delicious meals in this marquee. The atmosphere was very lively as various discussions; both religious and other were undertaken.
Main Dining Marquee
This marquee was the main area where ladies enjoyed meals prepared by the hardworking cooks of Jamaat Ahmadiyya Australia. The organistion of this marquee was impeccable with food being served like clockwork ensuring everyone was fed. This goes to show the extremely hospitable nature that arises during this most blessed event. Tea and Coffee was also available throughout the day for those who needed a light refreshment and for those who stayed at the mosque overnight, breakfast is served daily.
Book and Food Marquee
Various religious books and snacks were sold in this marquee and although there was not as much of a buzz here as was in the exhibition marquee, the volunteers on duty were still eager to serve.
This was a safe haven for those tired children and not to mention mothers. An area solely for the entertainment, feeding, and changing of children was a huge blessing for mothers who were attending this three day event.
After Lunch and prayers, the Ladies session started. This session was very much anticipated by all the ladies, as members from their own auxiliary, Lajna Imaillah Australia, were presenting and speaking. The session began with a recitation of the Holy Quran by Sister Asfa Mansoora and was proceeded by a Nazm, (poem) by Sister Najma Shaheen. This poem was written by the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) and was about his success over his enemies. This beautifully presented poem was accompanied by a slideshow of pictures in and around Masjid Bait-ul-Huda, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque in Sydney Australia.
Speech 1: Preserving Islamic Values - An Answer to Contemporary Crisis
Sister Naureen Choudhry, who attended this blessed event all the way from Melbourne, Victoria, delivered the first presentation of the day. She spoke about preserving Islamic Values: an answer to contemporary crisis. Her main message was that as man has moved away from the family unit and has moved away from God, the world is in such a dire state. In order to rectify this, an alternative path must be followed, and our Supreme Lord has set out that path, a path of peace, the path of Islam. Islam provides the perfect pathway to achieving this peace in our lives and the betterment of society in general.
Following this, the Nasirat and a few Lajna from Sydney presented a beautiful medley of Nazms (poems). In the spirit of celebrations, they started by reciting a poem congratulating the gathering on 100 years of Khilafat (Successorship), followed by other various poems. Their melodious voices resonated through the entire Jalsa Gah (Convention Complex) and was enjoyed by everyone.
Speech 2: Family Life in Islam
The next speech to be presented was by sister Anjum Khan from Sydney. She spoke on conjugal relations and the rights and duties of both parties. She mainly spoke on the family life in Islam, focusing on the purposes of marriage in Islam and how both the husband and wife are responsible for the success of a marriage and are a protection and support for each other. She stressed that above all, respect and love should always be exhibited in a marital relationship.
The gathering was then relaxed with a group Nazm (poem) that was presented by a few Lajna from Brisbane. Their outstanding voices echoed through the Hall enticing the audience to hum alongside, creating a spine tingling experience.
Address by National President Lajna
The National President of Lajna Imaillah Australia (Women’s Auxiliary), Mrs. Tamseela Saleh, then addressed the members. She focused on the achievements of Lajna Imaillah in the past century, particularly those of the following outstanding Lajna in History:
- Hazrat Syeda Nusrat Begum Sahiba – the wife of the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), who was the founder of The Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam.
- Hazrat Nawab Mubarika Begum Sahiba – Daughter of the Promised Messiah.
- Mariyam Sadiqqa – Wife of Musleh Maud (son of the Promised Messiah (as)) and Mother of the 4th Caliph in the Ahmadiyya Jamaat Worldwide.
- Hussain Bibi – Mother of Chaudhry Zafrullah Khan sahib (ra), an Ahmadi Nobel Peace Prize holder and a renowned scientific scholar.
And other various outstanding Lajna members.
She concluded by advising all ladies present that they have the privilege of being in the Jamaat of the Promised Messiah and as such should uphold their duties and responsibilities and always stay on the right path.
Academic and exhibition awards were then handed out to members, who had achieved excellence during the year. The session was then concluded with a silent prayer.
During the course of the day, the web team set out to interview guests about their feelings towards and experiences about this years Annual Convention. One of our guests, Zainat Hamza, from Indonesia, attended this blessed Convention for the first time. Zainat is the National Assistant Secretary for Social Work in Jamaat Ahmadiyya Indonesia. She said that the last Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) in Indonesia was held in 2005, however due to the open persecution of Ahmadies in Indonesia, they have been unable to hold any further conventions. Zainat said that she is extremely happy to be able to attend such a most blessed event.
The web team will, Inshallah, bring you more guest interviews in tomorrows bulletin, so stay tuned.
Reported by:Sahar Bashir and Heba Uddin(Qld)
Written By: Embreen Khan - Editor In Charge :
News Team - Ladies & Families
Signing off Ahmadiyya Australia Technical Team at 12.00pm - See you again tomorrow with the proceedings of Day 3 (12.04.09)