Sue attended the Jalsa Salana convention, taking place on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August it is the UK’s largest Muslim Annual Conference, a three-day event which sees nearly 40,000 visitors- including Parliamentarians, diplomats, religious leaders and proffesionals from 115 countries attending. The convention itself spans over a period of three days, with a busy programme consisting of seminars, discussions and various exhibitions and events taking place; notably the International Bai’at: A pledge of Initiation where 38,000 form a human chain and pledge themselves to the teachings of Isam and to the Khalifa’s leadership, an incredible event showing true solidarity and Community.
In 1889 Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad founded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, which is now established in more than 207 countries, actively leading and promoting a global peace campaign to place respect and peace at the forefront of their message. The UK community rose in 1913, and with currently over 130 branches it is one of the oldest established Muslim communities in the UK.
“Love for All, Hatred for none” is the motto under which the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community lives, the message of this motto is truly refected within the charity “Humanity First” which was founded by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in the year 1994 and now operates in 53 countries – this international charity provides long-term aid and assistance to those who are suffering from natural disasters or human conflict. Their mission statement reads as follows:
“Humanity first is a charitable trust established to promote and safeguard human life and dignity. It is a non-political,non-religious, non-sectarian international relief and development agency that works with the worlds poorest and most vulnerable statement’
In 2018, Humanity first had an astounding impact with their incredible work; assisting 47,106 people in disasters in 13 countries, supporting 603 orphans in 8 countries and building 3 new schools amongst a number of life-changing projects.
Through working on both disaster relief and human development, Humanity first are ensuring that after a natural disaster they carry on supporting members within those communities, tackling important aspects such as ‘knowledge for life’ and ‘Gift of Sight’, treating over 20,000 patients over 15 years to ensure individuals facing problems with their eyesight receive a better quality of life.
Sue commented “This event really took my breath away. I had no idea of the work undertaken from a very young age to help the community. I found the convention eye-opening and I would like to pass on my thanks for all that is done”
For more information about Humanity first and the amazing work that they do, click the link below: