More than 30,000 Ahmadiyya Muslims attend event near Alton

Caliph Mirza Masroor Ahmad leads a prayer

Caliph Mirza Masroor Ahmad leads a prayer

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TENS of thousands of Muslims from across the country converged on Hampshire for the biggest event of its kind in Britain over the weekend.

More than 30,000 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) flocked to a village near Alton for a three-day conference as part in a global event, known as Jalsa Salana.

Among them were AMC members from about 100 countries who journeyed to the 200-acre site in Hampshire to pledge allegiance at the hand of the Caliph.

Also known as the Bai'at, the pledge was transmitted via satellite to more than 200 countries.

The annual convention is largest and longest standing annual Muslim convention in the UK and has been running for 48 years.

This year's event saw some 200 acres of land on Oakland Farm in East Worldham transformed into Hadeeqatul Mahdi, a global village with accommodation, kitchen, food, bazaar, library, book stalls, TV and radio stations.

His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, worldwide head of the AMC, opened the conference by delivering a speech promoting spirituality, peace and compassion and raising the Union Flag.

Muslims then pledged their allegiance to the Caliphate and offer to make any sacrifice for its success on Sunday in a mass ceremony.

The Caliph is the fifth successor of His Holiness Mirza Ghulam Ahmad whom Ahmadi Muslims believe to be the Prophet and Messiah prophesised in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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1:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14

cliffwalker says...

I would be interested to know how many of the conference members were women. Are they fairly represented in the membership or are they pushed into the background as in so many of these ancient religious activities?
I would be interested to know how many of the conference members were women. Are they fairly represented in the membership or are they pushed into the background as in so many of these ancient religious activities? cliffwalker
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1:31pm Mon 1 Sep 14

cliffwalker says...

I note from the front page of the Jalsa Salana website that "The primary purpose of this Convention is to enable every sincere individual to personally experience religious benefits........and it will strengthen the fraternal ties within this Community." It might have more appropriately have said "every sincere male individual" since it refers to "fraternal ties".

Are there no female members of this religion? If there are, is there no role for them at these conventions?
I note from the front page of the Jalsa Salana website that "The primary purpose of this Convention is to enable every sincere individual to personally experience religious benefits........and it will strengthen the fraternal ties within this Community." It might have more appropriately have said "every sincere male individual" since it refers to "fraternal ties". Are there no female members of this religion? If there are, is there no role for them at these conventions? cliffwalker
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5:12pm Mon 1 Sep 14

weall8leedscum says...

Kronenberg was only £2 a pint . Still loads left
Kronenberg was only £2 a pint . Still loads left weall8leedscum
  • Score: 9

7:01pm Mon 1 Sep 14

lastminmoran says...

THIS was an event that was no harm to anyone...unlike the isis bbq in a cardiff park in july!!!!! check it out on youtube!!!along with the trouble from the gaza protest!!what an insult to allow something like that. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE POWERS THAT BE THINK ABOUT US ANYMORE ?(THAT IS UNLIKE THE PEOPLE ABOVE JUST GETTING ON WITH LIFE) IN PEACE.
THIS was an event that was no harm to anyone...unlike the isis bbq in a cardiff park in july!!!!! check it out on youtube!!!along with the trouble from the gaza protest!!what an insult to allow something like that. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE POWERS THAT BE THINK ABOUT US ANYMORE ?(THAT IS UNLIKE THE PEOPLE ABOVE JUST GETTING ON WITH LIFE) IN PEACE. lastminmoran
  • Score: -3

11:50pm Mon 1 Sep 14

SimonSomeone says...

I long for the day, not that I suppose I will ever see it, when the nonsense of superstition, fairy tales and ignorance that is religion just goes away. How much better the world would be.
I long for the day, not that I suppose I will ever see it, when the nonsense of superstition, fairy tales and ignorance that is religion just goes away. How much better the world would be. SimonSomeone
  • Score: 2

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