SCLT Safety Outreach Team Visit Annual Jalsa Salana Celebration of Faith
The weekend of 21st - 23rd August 2015 has seen SCLT volunteer Roger Ibrahim of the SCLT Minorities Outreach Team, visiting the annual Ahmadiyyan Muslim Jalsa Salana in Hampshire with 0ver 30,000 international adherents of the Ahmadi Muslim faith.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, under the leadership of its holy founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, held its first convention on December 27, 1891 in Qadian, India. Approximately 75 people attended the event. For over a century since then, the community has held its Annual Convention, or Jalsa Salana, in numerous countries around the world.
Tens of thousands of community members gather at these conventions at various times throughout the year. The principle aims of the Annual Convention are to facilitate greater spiritual awareness among community members, strengthen community ties and promote peace.
Roger is the Lead Volunteer with the SCLT Minorities Outreach Team Team, he said, “This is my 2nd visit to the Jalsa Salana as a guest of the Ahmadi community. I have been struck by the enormous and genuine hospitality of the peaceful Ahmadiyyan Muslim people. The event is attended by tens of thousands of visitors from around the world, who all enjoy sharing in this celebration of the Ahmadi faith "
"It is a pleasure to spend time chating to the many international attendees about their faith, as well as useing the opportunity to discuss senior safety and how everyone, regardless of background or origin, can fall victim to the scams and cons which circulate on the internet, mail and telephone"
Roger was embedded within the event for the 3-days of the Jalsa and took the opportunity to take part in as many activities and events as possible, to promote cultural unity and to build on the already well established relationship which exists between the Ahmadiyyan Muslim community and the Senior Citizen Liaison Team Charity.
Roger (left) meets attendees at the Jalsa Salana
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