Posted by Salma Javid Khan
As part of its annual Islamic programmes, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Sierra Leone has scheduled 7 to 9 March, 2014 for their 53rd Annual/National Conference (JALSA SALANA) to be hosted at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School in Bo, southern Sierra Leone.
The primary purpose of the convention is to enable attendees to personally experience religious benefits, enhance their knowledge and elevate their perception about Allah.
According to the jamaat, one of the secondary benefits of the annual conference is that it would promote mutual introduction and brotherhood among all brothers, as well as strengthen the fraternal ties within the Ahmadiyya community.
The occasion, according to the jamaat, would not be an ordinary convention “but one that would be essential for all those who can afford to undertake the journey, that they must come to attend the convention which embodies many blessed objectives”.
“They should disregard minor inconveniences in the cause of Allah and His Prophet (peace be upon him). Allah yields reward to the sincere persons at every step of their way, and no labour and hardship undertaken in His way will ever be wasted,” stated the jamaat.
The jamaat emphasized that one must not rank the convention in the same league as other ordinary human assemblies, as it is a phenomenon that is based purely on the divine help for the propagation of Islam.
Wikipedia: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was established in Sierra Leone in 1937. There are currently 573 mosques (in places such as Gbonkobana, Gbendembu, Kailahun, Makeni and Bo, among others),there are 19 central missionaries, 131 local missionaries, 184 Ahmadiyya primary schools, and 50 secondary schools in Sierra Leone.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is an international revival movement within Islam. It was founded in 1889, and today spans over 200 countries with a membership exceeding tens of millions. It has its current headquarters in the United Kingdom.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the Messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) (1835-1908) of Qadian. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that God sent Ahmad(as), like Jesus(as), to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the leading Islamic organization to disavowterrorism. Ahmad(as) declared that an aggressive “jihad by the sword” has no place in Islam. In its place, he taught his followers to wage a bloodless, intellectual “jihad of the pen” to defend Islam. Ahmad(as) penned over 80 books and tens of thousands of letters, delivered hundreds of lectures, and engaged in scores of public debates. It is the only Islamic organization to endorse a separation of mosque and state.