The 55th Annual Convention (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK received numerous messages of support from across the UK and internationally. A selection of these is presented below.
The Rt Hon Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
The Rt Hon Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Rt Hon Keir Starmer, Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party.
Rt Hon Sir Ed Davey MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP – First Minister Scotland
Rt Hon Ian Blackford MP, SNP Westminster Leader
Dr. Jenny Harries OBE – Chair UK Health Security Agency
Hon. Anthony Y. Brewah – Attorney-General & Minister of Justice Sierra Leone
Honorable Jamie Raskin – Member of U.S. Congress (Democrat-Maryland)
Katrina Swett – President, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice & Former Chair of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Hon. Deb Schulte – Canadian MP for King – Vaughan (Ontario)
Frank Heinrich – Member of the German Bundestag
Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park PC – Minister of State for Pacific and the Environment
LORD (TARIQ) AHMAD OF WIMBLEDON – Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth & Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict
I extend my best wishes and sincere prayers on the blessed occasion of the Jalsa Salana United Kingdom.
The Jalsa since its inception is an occasion, which brings together friends, family and all members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat for three days of spiritual renewal. This year’s Jalsa though different to those from years past, takes place against the backdrop of Covid-19 and reflects the precautions and respect for protocols the community continues to take in convening the gathering. The Jalsa’s return after a year’s absence is a very welcome sign as we witness the success of the vaccine programme across the country.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is very much part of this success, as many members have been at the forefront of the response across our NHS and care sectors in particular. Moreover, the hosting of vaccination centres at mosques has also played an important role in ensuring that people are able to begin to return to a sense of normality in their daily lives. This devotion to helping others, especially at a time of their greatest need, is testimony to the continued guidance His Holiness Khaliftaul Masih V, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Sahib provides and the personal attention he has given, to ensure that Ahmadi Muslims play their part in helping countries across the world build back from the challenges of the pandemic.
May Allah truly bless this convention and to those attending and indeed the many millions who will view the convention through Muslim Television Ahmadiyya (MTA), I wish to convey the fond regards and warmest of salaams on behalf of my family to all Ahmadi Muslims across the world. Jalsa Mubarak!
Paul Scully MP – Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets
Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP – Former Foreign Secretary. MP for South West Surrey
Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP – Former Secretary of State for Education. MP for East Hampshire
Fleur Anderson MP – Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
Siobhain McDonagh MP – Chair All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Tan Dhesi MP – Shadow Minister for Rail. MP for Slough
Harry van Bommel -Former Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
Dame Cressida Dick CBE QPM – Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
Air Marshal Andrew Turner CB CBE MA MSC BA FRAES CCMI – Royal Air Force, Deputy Commander Capability
Archbishop Angaelos OBE – General Bishop Coptic Orthodox Church UK
Rt Rev Bishop Philip Mounstephen – Bishop of Truro, Author of Independent Review for Foreign Secretary on Persecution of Christians
Councillor Richard Field – Mayor of Wandsworth
Councillor Adam Jogee – Mayor of Haringey
Councillor Sushila Abraham – Mayor of Kingston
Councillor Lia Colacicco – Mayor of Brent
Councillor Trish Fivey – Mayor of Sutton
Councillor Roy Chamdal – Mayor of Hillingdon
Councillor Pam Jones – Mayor of Alton Town Council
Councillor Edna Fergus – Mayor of Barking
Councillor John Robini – Mayor of Waverley
Councillor Errol Thompson – Chairperson of Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, Northern Ireland
Meryvn Thomas CMG – Founder & President Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)
Christine Buchholz – Member of the German Bundestag
Lord Sheikh of Cornhill – Co-chair of the APPG on the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
Baroness Cox – Co-Chair of the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief