2018-07-05 18:46:32 UTC
It grew from having 1,000 attendees in 1976 to over 20,000 last year,
according to Khan Malik, national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Jama'at of Canada.
The Jalsa Salana was first created in 1891 and was held in Qadian,
India founded by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Only 75 people
attended the first event and now, over a century later, its
conventions are held in Germany, the U.K., the U.S. and Australia, as
well as Canada, with tens of thousands of attendees.
It includes speeches, lectures and opportunities for members of the
Islamic community to discuss contemporary issues and Canada holds one
of the largest conventions.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former prime minister Stephen Harper
both attended the convention in previous years.
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