On Sunday I took part in the Jalsa Salana, an Annual Convention of Ahmadiyya Muslims in the UK.

EP1This unique event, now in its 49th year, is the largest convention of its kind in the UK bringing together 30,000 participants from more than 80 countries to increase religious knowledge and promote a sense of peace and unity.

Eminent speakers discuss a range of religious topics and their relevance to contemporary society. The Jalsa is also attended by a number of parliamentarians, civic leaders and diplomats from different countries who also address the gathering and the proceedings are broadcast live globally.

A key feature of this convention is that it is blessed by the presence of His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim community. He addresses the convention over each of the three days expounding on the principles of Islam and elaborating on the role of religion in bringing peace to the modern world.