5000 Pakistanis attend Ahmadiyyas’ global meet in Punjab

January 1st, 2008 - 8:16 pm ICT by admin  

Qadian (Punjab), Jan 1 (ANI): Nearly 5000 Pakistanis were among the thousands of devotees belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, who participated in a recently concluded 116th annual congregation in Qadian in Punjab.
“The most important thing about this year’s convention is that a huge number of devotees have come from Pakistan to attend this event,” said Mohammad Wasim Khan, an Ahmadiyya Jamaat official.
“All the visas have been given to them to come through the Wagah border by road,” Khan added.
He requested that the Government of India provide visas to more than 5000 people from Pakistan to attend this gathering.
Manuver Ahmad Khadim, the community’s spokesperson, said the special slogan ‘Love for all, hatred for none’ is being spread in the entire world.
“This slogan is very special for the annual convention and is adding splendour to the event,” he added.
The main objective of the convention is to promote peace in the world and to project the pristine teachings of Islam.
Nearly 20,000 Ahmadiyyas from around the world reached here on December 29 to take part in the three-day event.
Initiated in 1891 by the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Jalsa (annual convention) is being regularly held in this small town of Punjab.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is one of two communities that arose from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat founded in 1889 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908).
The original movement split into two factions soon after the Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s death. (ANI)

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