Monday, December 30, 2013

2013- Jalsa Salana in Kerala: A Report

Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam Kerala observed its second Jalsa Salana at the historic Noorul Islam Masjid, Mathra, 22-23 December 2013. Brothers from Palakkad, Alappuzha and Kaliyikkavila, and also from Delhi, reached ahead of the scheduled formal commencement of the two-day programme.   Registration proceedings ended at 11.00 AM on December 22nd, and the Inaugural Session started with the Recitation of the Qur’an (Tilawat-ul Qur’an) by DA Zainul Abdeen Sahib. K. Salim Sahib offered a formal welcome note to everyone present on the occasion.

Fazil Jamal Sahib chaired the Inaugural Session. He observed that the Promised Massih (as) in the previous era and the Khalifatullah (atba) in our times, have attached  much imporatnce to the Jalsa Salana as an occassion to come, stay and pray together in an atmosphere of brotherly affection and friendly discussion about various spiritual matters and religious questions. Strengthening our faith and beliefs in solidarity with like-minded people becomes possible through our active and informed participation in the Jalsa proceedings, he noted.

Mukarram Amir Jamaluddin Sahib inaugurated the Jalsa Salana programme. In his speech, the Amir Sahib pointed to the trials of faith that are around us, in each moment of our lives. Drawing on Qur’anic verses, the Amir Sahib stated that belivers are to stand tall amidst the chaos and crisis that their close relatives and family membvers may manufacture. As a consequence, angels will descend on them conveying inner contentment, peace and tranquility in this very world when they are otherwise engulfed by the enemies. 

After the Inaugural Session Namaz-e- Zuhar and Aser was followed by Lunch and rest. 

At 3.00 pm, the Second Session commenced with K. Saleem Sahib in the chair. Zulfiqar Ali Sahib offered the Recitation of the Qur’an (Tilawat-ul Qur’an). Fazil Jamal Sahib spoke on the following subject: Khalifatullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba): An Introduction to Life and Teachings”. Based on his participation in the works of the Khalifatullah (atba), Fazil Sahib spoke about the Divine Manifestation in Mauritius.

Mukarram Jamaluddin Sahib gave an introduction to the Books of the Khalifatullah, available in English, and especially on the bookThe Real Face of the Hypocrites”. As Munafiqun  emerge from the ranks of the people who may agree to assist a Divine Messenger, the Amir Sahib wished that each member to make a deep study of this Book and introspect on our actions against the backdrop of, and in the light of, our own publically-declared beliefs. 

In the third speech of the Session, Azim Ahmad Sahib spoke onThe Responses from the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya vis-vis the Divine Manifestation”.  Based on his own experiences within the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya as a member of that association, Azim Sahib described the different reactions he recieved in his search for truth, to know about the Divine Manifestation in Mauritius.

Most Ahmadi Maulvis have absolved themselves of the need to keep Taqwa on a subject that is at the heart of the Divine practice (Sunnat Allah). An objective curiosity to understand the Divine claims are missing among the Murabbian, in a context of blissful ignorance about subtle realities and concerns about ‘bread and butter’ issues as present employees of the Jamaat. Some thoughtful Ahmadis, while not rejecting the Divine Manifestation, are embedded in the corporate culture of the Jamaat system and they find themselves unable to break-off the chains that shackle them. All of this confirm the deteriorating standards of moral courage, intellectual probity, plain curiosity and doctrinal confusion among the Ahmadis, necessitating the renewal of the spiritual eco-system through the new Divine Manifestation, Alhamdulillah.  

After Maghrib and Isha’i prayers  in the evening,  there was a special sesion on sharing of experiences. All members present on the occasion were given  an opportunity to share their inspiring stories/experiences of finding the Divine Manifestation and the trials that they have had to endure/continue to bear with, in sustaining their faith. 

On 23rd December, Day-2 of the Jalsa, members performed the Tahajjud prayers, collectively,  at 4.30 am. Later, Namaz-e-Fajer was offered at 5.30 am. This was followed by the Dars-ul-Qur’an session with the Amir Sahib.

The proceedings began at 9.15 am with members assembling for the General Body Meeting. A number of administrative, financial, organizational, publication-related decisions were arrived at the meeting through consensus and deliberation to cater to the growing demands for information and the wider dissemination of the Divine Mission of the Khalifatullah (atba).

 On the occassion of the Jalsa Salana, the SIRAJ MAKIN sisters held a separate meeting of their own. Amir Sahib made a special, advisory speech. He advised the members to systematically plan ahead for the new year. 

The Valedictory session began at 11.30 a.m. After an introductory speech by the Amir Sahib, all members listened with rapt attention to the special Speech from Mauritius delivered by the Khalifatullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) on the ocaasion. The Malayalam version of the Speech was prepared by Fazil Jamal Sahib.

Photos were taken on the ocassion as a record for posterity. After Namaz-e- Zuhar and Aser, a  special Thanksgiving DUAH was offered by all for the success of the Programme. Lunch was served and the members departed with renewed spiritual fervour and verve, Alhamdulillah. Summa Alhamdulillah. 

An Ahmadi Lady who is a recipient of glad tidings in the form of Qur'anic phraseologies and verses in her dreams and visions, came to observe the proceedings and to understand the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam in its every day setting. After returning from the two-day Programme Tto her home, she has expressed her conviction to formally join the Jamaat and to participate in the work of the Jamaat, Alhamdulillah.  

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