Thousands of Muslims have attended the country’s largest annual Islamic convention at a farm in Hampshire. About 30,000 people were expected to join the Jalsa Salana at Oaklands Farm in Alton from Friday to Sunday. Ahmadi Muslims attended for “prayer, discussion and spiritual rejuvenation”, organisers said. The convention was attended by His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. It was not held in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and was run on a much smaller scale last year.
Organisers hope that it will reach pre-pandemic levels of attendance – about 45,000 – next year.