Jalsa Salana of Ahmadiyyas to kick off in Qadian today
The 122nd edition of Jalsa Salana, the annual convention of the Ahmadiyya community, will start at Qadian town of Gurdaspur district on Friday. The inaugural session will start at 10 am. Qadian is the international headquarters of the Ahmadiyya community.punjab Updated: Dec 26, 2013 22:33 IST
The 122nd edition of Jalsa Salana, the annual convention of the Ahmadiyya community, will start at Qadian town of Gurdaspur district on Friday.
The inaugural session will start at 10 am. Qadian is the international headquarters of the Ahmadiyya community.
More than 25,000 delegates of Ahmadiyya Muslims from all over the world will participate of which over 5,000 are from Pakistan.
Thousands of visitors from different states of the country, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Kerala, Kashmir, Andhra Pradrsh, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu and Odisha, are likely to attend the gathering.
Syed Tanvir Ahmad, president, Ahmadiyya Jamaat Press Committee, said the foundation stone of the annual spiritual gathering was laid by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian in 1891.
But the convention is being conducted in all its branches spreading across the globe.
"The annual gathering is a symbol of unity, love and universal brotherhood," Ahmad said.
About 12,000 visitors from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany England, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Holland, Ireland, Kuwait, Japan, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, UAE, UK and USA have gathered at the convention and more are expected shortly, Ahmad added.
In the wake of the convention, the railway ministry will run a special train from Amritsar to Qadian twice a day for 10 days for the convenience of visitors.
Ahmadiyya Jamaaat deputy press secretary Maqbool Ahmad said various departments were working in tandem to provide services and facilities to the visitors.
He said an automatic chapatti-making machine, which kneading flour and prepared 1,000 chapatis an hour, had been pressed into service. He said special arrangements for electricity supply had been made. A special diesel engine had been installed to support power supply to it in case the electricity went off, he added.
Stalls had been put up to offer food from various countries for the followers, he said, adding that arrangements of warm beddings had also been made for the visitors.
At the request of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, the state electricity department had made arrangements of round-the-clock power supply to the venue till January 5.
The Jamaat, he said, had to make arrangement of streetlights on its own as the town does not have streetlights for the last 10 years due to non-payment of power bill by the local municipal council. Medical specialists, including doctors from Pakistan and other countries, were pressed into service during the convention.
Arrangements of live translation of lectures had been made in seven languages during the convention by the organisers, he further said.
*Special train pressed into service from Amritsar to Qadian twice a day for 10 days
*Doctors, including medical specialists from Pakistan and other countries, pressed into service
*Live translation of lectures in seven languages during the convention
*Stalls to offer food from various countries for the followers
*Arrangement of round-the-clock power supply to the venue till January 5