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The Pledge of allegiance
A key highlight of the Jalsa is the pledge of allegiance at the hand of the Khalifa.
• The Khalifa places his hand on top of the hands of those sitting immediately in front of him and others put their hands on the shoulders of these persons, thereby making a continuous link with the Khalifa.
• As this chain extends out the entire gathering is connected with the Khalifa.
• Members pledge allegiance to the peaceful teachings of Islam and to the Khalifa’s leadership of the community, thereby reaffirming their commitment to the remembrance of God and the service of humanity.
The Islamic artefacts and rare Quran collection on display is generously loaned by Mr Razwan Baig, a world-renowned calligrapher and major private collector of Islamic artefacts. Mr Baig has built his collection over the past 26 years, lending to numerous prominent organisations such as the British Museum and the British Library. His interest in Islamic calligraphy began at the age of 12. He completed his BA (Hons) History of Art & Archaeology of the Islamic world, SOAS and also extensive training in Arabic calligraphy from Birckbeck College, University of Sunderland as well as from some of the foremost calligraphers in Turkey, Baghdad and Pakistan. As one of the largest private collectors of Islamic manuscripts in the UK, his collection formed the main part of the Art of Islam Festival at Buckinghamshire Country Museum in 2016.
Peter Sanders, renowned photographer of the Muslim world, will display his fascinating collection of photographs, providing a unique glimpse into the daily lives of ordinary Chinese Muslims throughout the country. Ranked amongst 500 most influential Muslims in the world, Peter’s journey in photography began in the 1960s as one of the leading rock and roll photographers capturing world famous images of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. After accepting Islam Peter dedicated his photographic expertise to capturing images of the Muslim world to foster greater understanding of the Islamic faith. His Hajj collection helped form a special exhibition at the British Museum. For over 45 years he captured over half a million images reflecting a rich traditional civilisation.
HAJI NOOR DEEN
Haji Noor Deen from China is a renowned master of calligraphy, having studying and teaching it for over 30 years, showcasing his work across the world at institutions such as the British Museum, Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge University, University of California-Berkley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology amongst others. His unique style unites Chinese and Arabic calligraphy, creating pieces of unique artistic beauty. He is currently developing his own gallery entitled “The Chinese House for the Arts of Islamic Calligraphy” and the “Arabic Calligraphy Creative Centre” at the National Academy of Painting and Calligraphy in the Henan Province, China.
Media will have access to exclusive interviews with speakers, distinguished guests and faith representatives.
For the Media special arrangement is in place for onsite parking.
Filming and photography are permitted onsite.
To book your place, please contact:
Head of Media, Jalsa Salana UK
Mob 07971 060962 Email Mahmood.Rafiq@Ahmadiyya.org.uk