If success is like rain then when it comes, it pours down. The recent trip of our beloved Hazur (aba) to Los Angeles brought so many "news" and "firsts" that by the grace of Allah that it was like a torrential rainfall of success. They were all just enormous blessings from Allah tala to Ahmadiyyat in Islam. We cannot even begin to count them all or make sense of them. They were a result of so much effort and prayers by different members of Jamaat who worked countless hours to make this happen. The grand finale was a keynote address of his Holiness (aba) at the luxurious Montage hotel in Beverly Hills on a Saturday, May 11, 2013 to a large gathering of highly varied groups of individuals. There were a total of 362 people who attended and out of these 251 were non-Ahmadi.
Watch the whole event here
The list of guests included a wide variety of personalities such as members of Congress, other elected officials throughout the state including but not limited to Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (second highest official of California), members of local and federal law enforcement including but not limited to chiefs of police and special agents from the FBI, a dozen representatives from the press, various religious and interfaith groups, and members from different academia.
“It was such an overwhelming experience to not only be there to witness these 300+ people attentively listening to Hazur (aba) words but to also be part of the core team that planned the event. Countless hours and sleepless nights were spent planning and praying for this event, and I felt Allah Taala's blessings and Grace in the air. Huzoor (aba) delivered one of the best and most succinct and powerful speeches I have heard in a long time. It was the perfect message for this time.” said Harris Zafar, Spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.
“It was very touching to hear the enormously complimentary words of praise these senior elected officials were expressing for Huzoor (aba). The respect and admiration the Khalifa deserves was on display that day, and it felt so great to know that Huzoor (aba) was finally beginning to be recognized as a much needed leader and spiritual guide for a world desperately in need of right guidance” said Zafar.
In addition to all of this, two very large print media had encapsulated the visit of our beloved Hazur (aba) and our Jamaat in the best of terms, LA Times and Wall Street Journal. You can also view the rest of the print media coverage along with it.
- LA Times – Global Voices: Ahmadis’ mission of peace in an age of terror
- Wall Street Journal – Clamoring for the Khalifa
- The Jewish Journal of Greater LA – His Holiness
- LA Sentinel – Khalifa of Islam makes historic address in LA
- Inland Valley Daily Bulletin – Ahmadiyya Muslim Community world leader to visit Chino mosque
- Inland Valley Daily Bulletin – Ahmadiyya Muslim Community holds unique beliefs
- Lankaweb – Khalifa of Islam presented with key to Los Angeles
- Tikkun Daily - America's Chosen Muslims
Read the full keynote address of our beloved khalifa of Islam (aba) here: Islamic Solution for World Peace
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