The Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK is a unique event that brings together more than 35,000 participants from more than 90 countries to increase religious knowledge and promote a sense of peace and brotherhood.
Eminent speakers discuss a variety of religious themes and their relevance to contemporary society.
In addition, a number of parliamentarians, civic leaders and diplomats from different countries also address the meeting and underline the purpose of the convention to improve unity, understanding and mutual respect. A special feature of this convention is that it is blessed by the presence of His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community around the world.
He addresses the convention during each of the three days, providing valuable information about religious teachings and how they are a source of guidance for today's world.
The Fifth Caliph and world leader of the community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, reminded the delegates that: "Islam is the religion that consecrates forever the universal principles of freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and freedom of belief.
A key highlight of the Jalsa is the pledge of allegiance at the hand of the Caliph.
The Caliph places his hand on top of the hands of those sitting immediately in front of him and others put their hands on the shoulders of these persons, thereby making a continuous link with the Caliph.
As this chain extends out the entire gathering is connected with the Caliph.
Members pledge allegiance to the peaceful teachings of Islam and to the Caliph’s leadership of the community, thereby reaffirming their commitment to the remembrance of God and the service of humanity.