On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, I request the honor of your presence at the Annual Interfaith Dinner during the occasion of our 31st West Coast Annual Peace Convention (Jalsa Salana).
Below please find a formal invitation and introductory material regarding the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and its annual convention. You can also obtain more information here.
Please RSVP here by Monday, December 19th.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
With best wishes and with prayers,
Imam Mohammed Zafarullah
Imam, Los Angeles Area
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA
Follow West Coast USA Jalsa on Twitter: @wcjsusa
What is it?
The Jalsa Salana is an annual convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community worldwide. This convention was started by the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, with the first one being held in December 1891. These conventions are held at the international and national levels. The international convention is held near London, UK, and we will hold the West Coast USA convention in Chino, California in December. The United Kingdom community just held its convention.
These conventions focus on establishing peace in our community. Sessions are held on various topics from how to raise children given the challenges of modern society to what our role is in establishing world peace. There are speeches, exhibitions, and workshops on various contemporary issues.
When and where is it?
This year’s West Coast USA Jalsa Salana will be held from December 23 –25 in Chino, California. Guests are welcome to attend for the whole event, but we have set aside a special time and session for our guests.
Date: Friday, December 23, 2016
Guest Registration: 3:30 pm
Guest Session: 3:45 – 5:00 pm
Exhibition: 5:00 – 5:15 pm
Guest Dinner: 5:15 pm
Venue: Baitul Hameed Mosque, 11941 Ramona Ave, Chino, CA 91710
Directions: Click here for Google Maps directions.
Who comes to it?
All Ahmadi Muslim families are expected to attend this convention if they are able.
We invite all of our friends to attend, including our elected representatives and our interfaith network. We have also partnered with charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald Charities, and Humanity First, USA.
In past conventions, we've had terrific speakers, including U.S. Congressional leaders, professors and thought leaders, including the following. Some videos from last year's guest speakers are available here: http://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa9TizYCgUKfeti44lN9NxUHmc8UD2v4l
H.E. Zainab Hawa Bangura (Under Secretary-General, United Nations); Martha Kanter (U.S. Under Secretary for Education); D. Paul Monteiro (Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement, The White House); Farah Pandith (U.S. Secretary of State's Special Representative to Muslim Communities); Tim Lenderking (Director, Office of Pakistan Affairs, U.S. State Department); Victoria Alvarado (Director, Office of International Religious Freedom, U.S. State Department); Eric Treene (Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination, U.S. Department of Justice); Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett (Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom); Kay Bailey Hutchison (Former U.S. Senator, R-TX); Frank Wolf (U.S. Congressman, R-VA); André Carson (U.S. Congressman, D-IN), Jim McDermott (U.S. Congressman, D-WA); Sheila Jackson Lee (U.S. Congresswoman, D-TX); Jackie Speier (U.S. Congresswoman, D-CA); Michael Honda (U.S. Congressman, D-CA); Gerry Connolly (U.S. Congressman, D-VA); Charlie Dent (U.S. Congressman, R-PA), Norma Torres (U.S. Congresswoman, D-CA), Ed Royce (U.S. Congressman, R-CA); Oliver Wonekha (Ambassador of Uganda to the U.S.), Bockarie Kortu Stevens (Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the U.S.); Abbas Faiz (Office of the International Secretariat, Amnesty International); and Joseph K. Grieboski (President of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy).
Please RSVP if you are able to attend this convention. Alternatively, you can RSVP using the methods stated below.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans over 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is among the oldest American-Muslim organizations.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival and moderation. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings.
You can find more information at the links and in attachments below.
Attachments and Links:
About Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Worldwide:
Click here for the brochure
Overview Video (9.5 min): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGI4e83QBzE
PBS Video (8 min): http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/january-20-2012/ahmadiyya-muslims/10124/