Jalsa Salana/Annual Conventions

My Experiences of The Just-Ended Jalsa Salana of Ghana

In the midst of the centenary celebrations of the Jama’at, I found myself immersed in a unique and emotional experience. As I, along with my colleagues who are currently in Qadian, virtually participated in the Jalsa Salana of Ghana, the significance of the moment was not lost on me. Despite being physically distant, the power of technology allowed us to be fully engaged in this historic event through MTA platforms. The highlight of the entire experience was the address delivered by His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba), the Fifth Caliph of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. His address left an indelible mark on my heart.

In my 31 years of life, I have never been as captivated as I was by his words. The emotion and sincerity with which he expressed regret for not being physically present brought tears to my eyes. It was a poignant reminder of the love and sacrifice our beloved Khalifatul Masih embodies for the Ghana Jama’at. His address filled me with a deep sense of responsibility for the future of the Jama’at, especially as I have recently taken on the role of a Missionary. The legacy of those who have dedicated their lives to the Jama’at, and those who have passed away, weighed heavily on my mind. I found myself questioning if I could ever measure up to their dedication and selflessness.

However, amidst these feelings of responsibility, I also felt an overwhelming sense of love and guidance from Huzur (aba). This love overflowed within me, and I found myself compelled to compose a poem* to express the depth of my emotions. As I prayed for the sense of holding myself accountable, I realised that each individual contribution, no matter how small, is valuable and makes a difference. This sense of responsibility, combined with the love and guidance of Huzur (aba) will undoubtedly shape my journey as a Missionary and inspire others within the Jama’at.

The entire experience served as a poignant reminder of the strength and unity of our global community and the profound impact of our spiritual leader. As we look towards the next 100 years, I am filled with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication to the Jama’at, knowing that the love and guidance of Huzur will continue to sustain and guide us through the challenges and triumphs that lie ahead.

(*You can read my poem here)

About the author: Hafiz Aayatur Rahman Abdullah is a missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Ghana. He serves as the Koforidua Zonal Missionary and Muhtamim Tabligh under Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Ghana.


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