THE PURPOSE OF THE ANNUAL CONVENTION – JALSA SALANA

“…it is imperative to remember the true purposes of the Annual convention [Jalsa Salana] laid down by the Promised Messiah(as) whilst attending these, because the spiritual reward and benefit is what distinguishes this gathering from other worldly conventions…”

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The world hosts many conventions of all kinds, where people gather for various reasons. These conventions vary from political gatherings, musical concerts, sporting events and everything in between. People benefit in various manners from each of these, be it merely entertainment, health benefits or even strengthening their political standing.

However, conventions are not solely limited to worldly benefit. The Hajj is a prime example of this. The spiritual rewards and benefits one can gain from this pilgrimage may even be beyond human comprehension.

Another such convention is the Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community [Jalsa Salana]. With its humble beginnings in 1891, in the remote villageI of Qadian, and which was attended by merely 75 members of the community, it has expanded substantially. These conventions are held in dozens of countries on an international scale, sometimes with over 38,000 attendees from hundreds of countries.

There is more to the annual convention [Jalsa Salana] than meets the eye. This convention was established by the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as).

He (peace be upon him) presented *four main purposes of this convention:*

To increase one’s communion with Allah the Almighty.

To pray for those brothers who have passed away

To meet new members and increase in Brotherhood

To gain and increase in knowledge.

The role of Islam and the role of Islam in our current day and age.

The scholarly speeches of the scholars of the community scheduled in the sessions in between also provide ample opportunity for this, as well as the exhibitions of various departments, such as the one set up by The Review of Religions team.

Hence, it is imperative to remember the true purposes of the Annual convention [Jalsa Salana] laid down by the Promised Messiah(as) whilst attending these, because the spiritual reward and benefit is what distinguishes this gathering from other worldly conventions.

by Daniyal Kahlon, The Review of Religions. Culled from alislam.org

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